desperate management is believed to be in talks with Mercedes-Benz GP about a race seat in 2010.
With McLaren signing Jenson Button, the Finn’s manager Steve Robertson said on Wednesday that Raikkonen would take a year off and go rallying instead.
However, with Brawn/Mercedes now needing a driver to pair with Nico Rosberg, rumours are of course quickly emerging that Raikkonen is an option for the team.
Brazil’s O Globo went as far as to report that a deal with the Brackley-based team is a certainty.
One would assume that the management are now offering Kimi at a bargain basement price after stuffing up the McLaren deal!
Robertson would not confirm the news but he did not rule out the possibility of a Mercedes deal, amid reports in Spain’s Diario Sport that Raikkonen is in talks with Citroen about a World Rally Championship seat.
To the German news agency SID, Mercedes’ Norbert Haug would not shed any further light.
"We want to have the best possible line-up and there are still some very capable drivers on the market. There will of course be speculation," said the German.
I’ll bet there is!
Would Ross Brawn and Nick Fry want to jump into bed with another driver who holds a strong reputation of chasing the $$$, particularly after what they feel as being Jenson Button’s disloyalty?