Kimi Raikkonen linked with Ferrari return
Raikkonen has been linked to the Red Bull seat as has Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
F1's so-called 'silly-season' has taken another dramatic twist, a report in Germany's Bild newspaper is linking Kimi Raikkonen with a surprise move back to Ferrari.
The August break is well known as a time when teams begin to look at their driver line-ups for the following season - Red Bull has pinpointed these four weeks as when they will make a decision over who will replace Mark Webber in 2014.
Fernando Alonso has sensationally been linked with a move to Red Bull as has Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo, but now Raikkonen is seemingly losing out in the Red Bull negotiations and has been linked with a return back to Ferrari.
Raikkonen drove for Ferrari between 2007-2009 and was replaced by Fernando Alonso at the Scuderia which led to the Finn taking a three year break from the sport.
Alonso is still contracted at Ferrari until 2016 while Felipe Massa has been the subject of much speculation with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta linked to the Brazilian's seat.
Bild correspondent's Nicola Pohl and Helmut Uhl claim however that Ferrari "has made the Finn an offer".
They say the offer is "more lucrative" than that being made by Red Bull, and that it was given to Raikkonen on the Thursday before the Hungarian GP.
Bild claim Red Bull are offering Raikkonen a $15m retainer, performance bonuses and sponsorship of the motocross team.
Some believe the Raikkonen link could be connected to recent reports of a rift between Fernando Alonso and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, after Di Montezemolo tweaked the Spaniard's ear after strong criticism from Alonso towards the Ferrari team.
"The president is 100 per cent with Alonso," a Ferrari spokesman told Manuel Franco, the correspondent for Spanish sports newspaper AS.
"Montezemolo is the first one to support the call of our driver to improve, as soon as possible, the competitiveness of the car," he added.
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