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Raikonnen poised to complete Ferrari return for 2014

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Kimi Raikonnen is set to complete an astonishing return to Ferrari after it was revealed that the Finn is ready to announce a decision on his future.

The driver won his only World Championship title whilst racing for the Italian team in 2007, and it appears he will make an emotional return to replace Felipe Massa for the 2014 season.  

According to Autosport, the driver will confirm his intentions on his F1 future in the next 48 hours.

And with Raikonnen's current team Lotus being unable to provide the financial and technical assurances that he has been demanding, Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo looks set to get his man.

It comes just days after Di Montezemelo told the BBC that he wishes to make a decision on his team's line-up for next year after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.  

He told Eddie Jordan on Saturday: "Listen, we have Raikkonen, (Nico) Hulkenberg, (Paul) Di Resta, I have seen so many names.

"Now we will think very, very carefully, because we don't have a gun here to decide tomorrow, but after Monza this will be something I want to decide."

Raikonnen has always been the favoured choice of Ferrari, with the Finnish racer having produced some blistering performances since returning to Formula 1 in 2012.

The Lotus man finished outside of the points just once in the 2012 season, and won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on his way to finishing a creditable third in the Drivers' World Championship.

He has repeated that impressive form this year, winning the opening race in Australia.

This has been enough for Ferrari to prepare a deal for Raikonnen, and the 33 year-old is ready to take on a second stint at the team despite Lotus' best efforts to convince him to stay.

Boss Eric Boullier insisted the constructor are doing all they can to retain the services of their driver.

He said: "I am very hopeful within a week I can have answers to the reassurances he is asking for.

"From that point on we can move very fast when it comes to talking about next year and trying to find a successful solution.

"But now Kimi is in a position where he is being chased by most of the paddock and he will decide."

Raikonnen has unfinished business with the Ferrari team, having been replaced by Fernando Alonso after 2009 causing him to a break from the sport.

His former team have the resources to help him challenge for a second World Championship title, with Alonso finishing second to Sebastian Vettel last year.

Spaniard Alonso is rumoured to be unhappy at Raikonnen's imminent arrival, preferring the partnership of a driver who would play a number two role to him.

There remains suggestions that he could leave the team next year as a result.

This would keep both Hulkenburg and Di Resta's hopes of securing a seat in the sport's most iconic team for next season alive.

However Lotus boss Boullier is hopeful of having a choice of Ferrari's left-over candidates if Raikonnen was to move on.

He said: "After the second Ferrari seat we are lucky enough to be the next team on the list, so people can afford to wait.

"We can afford this luxury choice."

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