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Kimi Raikkonen has other options

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Kimi Raikkonen's manager, Steve Robertson, has insisted that his client has more than just Lotus to choose from next year as the future of the driver remains uncertain.

The 2007 World Champion's future plans have been the talk of the mid-season break, with his Lotus contract set to expire after the year. Raikkonen is hoping to secure a move to a bigger team, not bound by budget constraints, that hinders Lotus' in-season developments.

However, Lotus have secured new sponsorship, which could lure Kimi to stay back, with his manager ruling him out from the Red Bull seat.

Daniel Ricciardo looks set to team up with Sebastien Vettel at Red Bull, when Robertson confirmed that talks between Kimi and the team had broken down. But, he was clear that this did not confirm that Kimi will stay back at Lotus, and that he has other options. 

"We are pretty confident that Kimi will be in F1 next year," he told Autosport.

"There are options - and that is plural - out there and I will continue to talk to teams. I am hopeful we will sort something out in the not too distant future."

There have been rumours recently claiming Kimi switching back to his old team Ferrari, but the Italians have insisted that they are not focusing on the market currently, leaving the door open for speculation.

With Red Bull out of the picture, if Kimi seeks a move from Lotus, he could be looking up to the Williams Team, who would be upgrading to Mercedes engines next season.

Another option would be a return to his original team McLaren, who will be teaming up with Honda again in 2015, bringing back the iconic partnership.

There is also a heavy chance that the Iceman would stay back at Lotus, given their strong improvement through the season, and the PR freedom they allow the media shy Finn.

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