Kimi Raikkonen, who almost bid farewell to Formula 1 with his two-year sabbatical in 2010 and 2011, is back to the sport with a bang. 

Securing third position in the Championship last season and eclipsing Michael Schumacher's consecutive points finish record, the Iceman is suddenly the hottest property in the driver market.

With his contract at Lotus lasting until the end of this season and an opening at Red Bull the next season, things surely look interesting. But will the Iceman move to his fifth team in Formula 1 or stick to the resurgent Lotus? 

Lotus failed to keep up with the season-long improvements last season, perhaps costing Kimi the chance to challenge for the title more strongly. Although with some new sponsorship deals they would be able to keep up with the development costs this season.

Not to forget, their various strategic goof-ups in qualifying that cost him crucial grid positions time and time again, which they don't seem to have improved on this year. 

With the horrendous strategic error at Silverstone that costed him a certain podium and the poor pace of the car in Canada, the Iceman has tumbled from the top of the Championship table to third.

And though the season is still wide open, Lotus seem a tad smaller in front of their counterparts.

Red Bull on the other hand have dominated the sport for the past three seasons, winning both the driver and constructor championships. They have constantly produced race-winning cars and brought in strategic improvements continuously to ensure their lead stays intact. 

They have ample financial backing to keep up with the season-long developments and a clinical Team Principal in Adrian Newey.  

With the new set of rules that will change the sport vastly next season, Raikkonen needs to ensure he is at a big team that can make the most of the guidelines. 

Lotus and Red Bull both use Renault engines and so the difference is going to be in the car, and the current Champions are definitely better at that. 

Lotus' only plus point is the limited appearances they ask of the media shy Finn to make. However, a chance to strongly challenge for the World Championship again would be more than enough to convince the Iceman. 

So it could very well be Vettel and Raikkonen leading Red Bull, as one of the strongest partnerships in recent F1 history.


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