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Kimi Raikkonen could make F1 u-turn back to Ferrari

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Ever since Mark Webber announced his decision to leave Formula One at the end of this season, Red Bull's next driver has been a hot topic for discussion. 

What started as a three way battle between Lotus spearhead and the 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, and the sister team's youngsters: Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne, quickly became a two-horse race, after the Australian out-shone his team mate to gain supremacy.

Raikkonen is heavily linked to make the switch from Lotus, a team which accepts its' financial shortcoming to keep up with constant developments, after his contract ends this year. However, new reports coming in, suggest something entirely different.

With Fernando Alonso throwing in his hat for the Red Bull seat, it is believed that Ferrari have offered the Iceman a 'very lucrative' contract to come back to the Scarlets next season. 

Kimi, who was the last Ferrari driver to win the World Championship in 2007, was bought out of his contract by Ferrari at the end of the 2009 season, and replaced by Alonso. 

Although, it would seem unlikely for the Finn to move back to the Italian team again, it could benefit them both very much. 

With the new regulations set to revolutionise the sport next year, a big constructor like Ferrari could very easily claim utter dominance, which they've long seemed due for. 

With many big bank sponsors, the media shy Finn need not worry about making public appearances for the team, something he has to adjust with at Lotus.

Add to that, the absolute numero uno status Kimi would get at Ferrari, unlike at Red Bull where he could be subdued by Vettel's long term association with the team. 

Ferrari, who last won the Constructor's Championship in 2008, could use a change in attack, and Raikkonen with his laid back style and new-found consistency could be the perfect new Michael Schumacher for them (the man he replaced in 2007).

With Felipe Massa, most likely to be shown the door and Alonso also switching, Ferrari would need an experienced lead driver, or they'd be left with two new drivers. 

Raikkonen, has ample Formula One experience, he knows the Ferrari ways, and he knows how to win. Now Ferrari just need to somehow convince him to return.

 

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