Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that he will only stay in the sport if his team can enable him to have fun, both on and off track.
Raikkonen had been looking to move away from Lotus, and Red Bull looked a very suitable destination. However, the move is now all but gone, after Red Bull confirmed Daniel Ricciardo as their new driver.
There are whispers of Ferrari's interest in signing back Kimi, who was their last World Champion, in 2007; but the move seems highly unlikely given the turbulent conditions under which he was forced to leave the team.
McLaren Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh, has expressed his admiration for Kimi, but also insisted that the team would most likely retain their current drivers for the next season, effectively shutting that door.
The other top running team, Mercedes, already have a young line up in Hamilton and Rosberg, and are certainly not looking.
This only leaves Lotus as the option for Kimi, although he seems not so interested in them.
The Lotus Team have stated time and time again, that they would love to retain Kimi, and that he loves the atmosphere of the team. However, the lack of a winning car could be a deterrent for the ambitious Finn, who was at one time hailed as Michael Schumacher's successor.
Talking to ESPNF1 ahead of the Monza GP, when asked about his future in the sport, Kimi said:
"Obviously I enjoy it and it depends on many things. But you want to get something [in a contract] to make sure you will have a good time, and not just in the racing but also on the other side.
"I don't really see why I should do something that I don't enjoy or be something that I'm not. I'd rather not be here if it's not going to be fun. There are a lot of more important things that we have to decide."
When asked to clear the air over what went wrong with his negotiations with Red Bull, he said:
"I don't think anything went wrong. Probably they wanted a different thing. Go and ask them, I don't know.
"For me it doesn't really matter and it's not the first time. Sometimes you speak with people and it doesn't work out. There can be 10 reasons, but I have no idea. I think they took the option they think is the best and that's fair enough."
Following his world title winning 2007 season, Kimi had two disappointing years in an average Ferrari car, and failed to challenge for the title again. He was subsequently bought out of his contract, and replaced with Fernando Alonso.
Kimi had then taken a sabbatical from the sport to pursue Rallying and Nascar, with decent success. Although he had offers to stay in F1 that time, he refused to drive for a mid-field teams, insisting that he only aims to win.
In 2012, the Iceman made an almost dream comeback, finishing third in the World Championship in a competitive Lotus. However, over that season and the year thus far, it has become evident that Lotus cannot keep up with Kimi's title aspirations, failing to produce effective in-season developments, and even struggling financially.
Following his first retirement for the Lotus team at Spa, Kimi has drifted 63 points off Vettel in the Championship battle. With only eight more races to go, this seems a mountain too steep to scale.
"It's definitely more difficult than it was at the last race," he said. "But we still have a chance and we will try to do the best that we can. It's not going to be easy and is probably not going to happen, but we will do the best that we can to get points back. It really needs some other things to go our way."
If Kimi does in fact, decide to leave the Sport again, it would be permanent this time.
At 34, age is not on his side, and with new talents rising every year, it could very well be goodbye Raikkonen after this year. One of the last remaining characters on the grid, and arguably the most popular F1 driver on the Internet, let's hope Kimi really knows what he's doing.
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