Mike Stevens | Oct 30, 2009

OUTGOING FERRARI STAR Kimi Raikkonen has ruled out a move to Toyota next season, revealing McLaren remains his sole preference to remain in Formula 1.

While Toyota handed the Finn a contract, Raikkonen said he gave no consideration to the offer by the Japanese outfit, stating he would only consider a move to his former team.

Raikkonen told Finnish television station MTV3: “Toyota has not even been discussed. If I want to drive (in Formula 1), then McLaren in the only option. I should know the situation in the next few days.”

The former World Champion has dabbled in rally this season, participating in a WRC event in Finland to spark speculation he could make a permanent switch next season if he was unable to secure a drive with a front running F1 team.

Although Raikkonen said a move to rallying isn’t a priority, the 29-year-old admitted it remains an option for 2010.

Other options include taking a one-year sabbatical from motor sport in general.

"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 One and rallying. There are other things I could do and we will see what happens.

"I can (take a sabbatical) 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."


The former World Champion was rumoured to be close to signing a deal with McLaren before the Japanese Grand Prix, but his excessive wage demands prompted the British outfit to declare it wouldn’t enter into a virtual auction to secure Raikkonen’s services.

However, the 18-time GP winner is expected to complete his move to the Woking-based outfit, which is fast running out of potential team mates to pair with Lewis Hamilton.

Meanwhile, BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld says he expects to remain in Formula 1 beyond 2009, revealing he is in negotiations with a number of teams for next season.

The Swiss-based team has been sold to a Middle-Eastern consortium after BMW decided to withdraw from Formula 1, but delays in confirming the sale left the outfit without a license to compete in 2010 and its drivers looking for a new seat.

"I think it's pretty certain that it's going to be BMW Sauber's last race. I hope Sauber will be here next year, and I'm pretty certain I will be here next year," he said. "Nothing's signed yet. We are talking to a couple of teams and I won't say more than that."

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