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Raikkonen set to end career at Ferrari - Boullier

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Kimi Raikkonen's move to Ferrari could be the Finn's final challenge before retirement according to Lotus boss Eric Boullier.

On Wednesday Ferrari finally confirmed the Finn's return to Maranello on a two-year deal, after the news broke Lotus responded in their own way via social media admitting the loss of Raikkonen "hurts a little" while attaching a photo showing forceful copulation between two rabbits.

Despite that team boss Eric Boullier denies the team is "bitter" about the move insisting he understands why the Finn has made the switch.

"You know, we remain a medium-sized team and there are some areas in which we're not in a position to fight against the other top teams just yet," he said.

Boullier told French-language RMC Sport: "Ferrari is a great institution, he has signed for two seasons so maybe he wants to finish his career with a big challenge.

"Don't forget that two years ago, we took the risk (on signing Raikkonen) and it turned out a great adventure. This is the end of one story but we'll write a new one beginning next year."

The Frenchman however denied claims that financial issues and the late payments of Kimi's salary on a few occasions also played a role in Raikkonen's decision.

"It wasn't just the financial aspect," said Boullier, "I think he is also thinking about his retirement, although definitely he will be better paid at Ferrari.

"I think there is also an emotional side about wanting to end his career at Ferrari. Then there is the ego side -- I guess he wants to compete on equal terms with Alonso," he added.

Former Ferrari driver Mika Salo told Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that he believes Raikkonen has made the right call for 2014.

"I foresee that Ferrari and Mercedes will be the strongest teams in Formula One," he said.

"They have been long engaged in the development of the new turbo engine and have the best resources of all the teams in the championship," said Salo, "although Red Bull will of course be in the top three."

Though Salo did admit there could be some tension in the garage next season as Ferrari ditch the number 1 driver policy it has had with Fernando Alonso since the Spaniard joined in 2010.

"It is unlikely Kimi is going to think about his teammate, so to some extent Alonso will not be happy," Salo said.

"But F1 teams are actually organised so that there are really two teams on either side (of the garage)," he explained.

"In any case, Ferrari has an absolutely incredible lineup now, although it feels a little like the old days, with Senna against Prost," added Salo.

Though Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says the arrival of Raikkonen will not break a policy of having a number 1 driver insisting drivers "have always started on equal terms".

"For anyone thinking that the choice of Kimi is somehow an anti-Alonso choice, I can put their minds at rest," he said.

"At Ferrari, everyone knows the interests of the team come first and only then those of the individual.

"I'm sure he is the first to be happy with a choice made to strengthen the group, because he is too intelligent not to realise that a stronger team can only be an advantage," added Domenicali.

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