Finnish racing executive and former driver Tommi Makinen, who is currently head of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team which competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC), has once again played down speculation regarding the possibility of Kimi Raikkonen leaving Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the 2018 Formula One season, as reported by the Finnish media earlier today.
The four-time World Rally Champion was a guest of Kimi Raikkonen’s at Monaco. His deputy Mia Miettinen, also in the Principality, said: “Kimi could be a Toyota (rally) driver, but first he has to decide if he will continue his career with Ferrari.” Amid rumours that the Maranello team is looking to replace him for the 2019 Formula 1 championship, and faced with the rally speculation, Kimi Raikkonen insisted he has “no agreement on anything”.
Tommi Makinen said he thinks it is likely Kimi Raikkonen will stay in Formula One and continue with the Italian side: “I have not talked to Kimi about it,” he told Ilta Sanomat newspaper, the second largest paper in Finland – “It is rumoured that he could possibly continue with Ferrari. He has been doing excellently this year and the results would have been much better without bad luck. I would like to see Kimi continue where he is currently.” – head of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team Tommi Makinen concluded, according to Ilta Sanomat newspaper.