Will Raikkonen's salary demands exceed Trulli's? Quite likely!

Toyota is currently negotiating with Kimi Raikkonen to sign up the Finn as the team’s driver for the upcoming Formula 1 season.

Toyota has made an offer to Raikkonen but Raikkonen’s manager has already informed the team the Finn wants a better payment. This is a little odd given that Raikkonen has been handsomely paid out by Ferrari for being released a year early on his contract.

Speaking about the current negotiations Toyota Motorsport president John Howett told Reuters: "We don’t play too many games. We put on the table what we can afford and what we think is a serious offer in the current market. I think genuinely we could work well with him, give him a car that’s quick.

While Toyota has allowed an option on Timo Glock to lapse, Jarno Trulli has been offered an extension to his contract.

"We have put an offer on the table with Jarno, I think that he himself is not nearly as greedy as Kimi’s manager dissatisfied with the financial offer, the bottom line to some extent is certain issues on the contract, and I don’t think they are negotiable from our side," said Howett.

Sounds like a few performance clauses for Jarno!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.