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."