Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo confirms decision over Kimi Raikkonen return will be made in 'the next few days'

But team principal Stefano Domenicali attempts to coll speculation by claiming decision has not yet been reached

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has cooled speculation that the Italian manufacturer could make an announcement regarding Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari return as early as this week.

Rumours are circulating that the Flying Finn will replace Brazilian Felipe Massa in the team despite his impressive fourth place at Monza on the weekend, although questions have also arisen over the future of Fernando Alonso after he continues to show his frustration in different ways as he challenges Sebastian Vettel for the driver’s championship.

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo was present for their home race in front of the faithful Tifosi, who booed three-time world champion Vettel when he appeared on the podium and ferociously celebrated Alonso’s second place finish.

But Di Montezemolo added fuel to the flames that Raikkonen could be set for a return by refusing to rule out a move for the current Lotus driver. Raikkonen won the won championship in 2007 in his first season with the team after replacing seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, beating then- McLaren duo Alonso and Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

"We will take a decision in the next [few] days, and we haven't made any kind of decision yet," Di Montezemolo told Reuters.

"We haven't signed any contract with anybody. We will talk with Massa and then we will decide.

"Now is the time to make a decision.

"What happened in the past with Kimi? We won a World Championship," Di continued.

"First of all, Kimi is a good driver. For us it was a big satisfaction to win with him the first championship with the new team without Michael [Schumacher], without Ross [Brawn].

"I think there are also the possibilities of some other drivers but there is also the possibility as last year that we decide to continue with Felipe. We haven't taken any kind of decision yet at all."

The 33-year-old finished third in 2008 as Hamilton went on to claim the title ahead of Massa, before leaving Ferrari in 2009 despite having a year to run on his contract. Ferrari were keen to bring in Alonso, who had spent two years with Renault – the team he won his two world championships with in 2005 and 2006 before his McLaren move – and the paid off Raikkonen’s remaining contract as he departed F1 for the world of rallying.

However, Domenicali has spoken to calm the rumours, although the announcement could still be made before the next Grand Prix in Singapore next weekend.

"The fact we have not decided yet means we are putting on the table all the elements,” said Domenicali.

"And the fact we are not taking a decision from an emotional point of view is because we want to give consideration to everything.

"This is why we will announce and say something on that as soon as we have finalised our discussions because it is not an easy decision for us.

"This is something we want to take at an appropriate time in order to make sure we take the best decision for our team."

Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier has also confirmed his wish to keep hold of Raikkonen, although admitted that if Ferrari came calling he would be unable to stop him from leaving.

"I am very hopeful within a week I can have answers to the reassurances he is asking for," said Boullier.

"From that point on we can move very fast when it comes to talking about next year and trying to find a successful solution.

"It would be nice to close it by Singapore. That is realistic. It should be realistic.

"But in the end if he wants to go to Ferrari he will go to Ferrari, and that's it."

Raikkonen has two victories to his name since his F1 return last year, taking the penultimate race of the season in Abu Dhabi and the first race of this year in Australia to add to his 18 race wins before his original departure,  and becoming the first driver to win a race under the Lotus name since Ayrton Senna at the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix in the process.

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas