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Raikkonen linked to F1 return, replacing Webber

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Wednesday 13th July, 2011 - 8:49am

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Raikkonen is being linked to a return to F1 next year with Red Bull

Raikkonen is being linked to a return to F1 next year with Red Bull

Just two days after Mark Webber ignored team orders at the end of the British Grand Prix, German newspaper Bild-Zeitung has published a speculative story about former world champion Kimi Raikkonen replacing the Australian at Red Bull Racing.

On Monday after the race at Silverstone, Red Bull team boss was asked about the chances of Raikkonen returning to the sport, and he said “I believe he has put F1 behind him.”

In its report, Bild says the plan to replace Webber with Raikkonen is “top secret” and the information of a source comes from “the highest level.”

Raikkonen has been competing in World Rally for the past seasons, and has also recently taken to NASCAR.

Webber has driven for Red Bull since 2007, scoring six wins. He was critical of Red Bull Racing’s management after the British Grad Prix when he was asked to hold position when challenging Sebastian Vettel in the latter stages of the race. Webber currently sits in second position in the world titles, 80 points behind Vettel.

Referring to Webber’s future at the team, driver manager Helmut Marko told Bild recently “We have other options but I don’t want to talk about them now.”

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