Kimi Raikkonen has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will be a McLaren driver next season after revealing that the Woking team is his only real opportunity to remain in Formula One.
The Finn is without a drive for 2010 after agreeing an early end to his multi-million dollar contract with Ferrari. Despite being linked to the likes of Red Bull and Toyota, Raikkonen told Finnish Television station MTV3 that there was only one option left.
“Toyota has not even been discussed,” he said. “If I want to drive [F1] cars, then McLaren in the only option. I should know the situation in the next few days.”
The Finn echoed this statement in the Thursday press conference, where he also revealed that he had other options outside of Formula One – including Rallying.
“Basically I have a few different options and we will see what is the best one overall and then make my decision,” he said.
“(Rallying) is definitely one of them, but I mean it is not just Formula 1 and rallying. There are other things I could do and we will see what happens.”
Raikkonen also did not rule out taking a sabatical from the sport.
“I can if I want. I can do whatever I want, but like I said before, I haven’t made my decision what I want to do yet.”