Lotus aim to convince Kimi Raikkonen to snub Red Bull

Lotus try to convince Raikkonen to stay
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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that they are trying to convince Kimi Raikkonen to stay put and snub a move to Red Bull.

Lotus boss Eric Boullier has revealed that the team are trying to convince driver Kimi Raikkonen to reject a switch to Red Bull.

The 33-year-old is currently the favourite to join the champions following Mark Webber's announcement that he will quit Formula 1 at the end of the season.

"Two years in a row we have closed the gap with Red Bull," Boullier told BBC Sport.

"He wants to know if we will keep going like that. We are in discussions about the technical package we'll have."

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo is also said to be a candidate for Red Bull.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen walks away after the third free practise session ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 23, 2013
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