Kimi Räikkönen’s manager has rejected speculation that the 2007 World Champion could quit motorsport in the wake of his father’s unexpected death just before Christmas.

It was rumoured that the 31-year-old Finn was contemplating a departure from the sport, such was his grief at his 56-year-old father’s passing.

Not so, says Kimi’s manager Steve Robertson, who told Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that he would be very surprised if the former F1 star quit the sport.

“There is a lot of talk and of course he is upset about his father’s death, which is normal,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure Kimi will still be involved in motor sport,” he added.

It was rumoured before his father’s passing that Räikkönen was on the verge of re-signing with Citroen for the 2011 World Rally Championship season, after an occasionally crash-filled debut season in 2010.

“Well, it’s January, so I don’t think it’s going to be a very long time [before there is an announcement],” Robertson added, when asked about an extension of Räikkönen’s contract with the Red Bull-backed team.

Robertson would not be drawn on whether a rumoured return to F1 was under consideration.

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