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Raikkonen Not Dreaming of Driving for Ferrari

Wednesday August 15th, 2001

Finn sensation Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he does not dream of driving for Ferrari in the future despite rumours linking the Sauber star with the Italian team to partner triple World Champion Michael Schumacher.

21-year old Raikkonen has impressed in his debut season with the Swiss team - who use Ferrari customer engines to power their C20 car - having scored nine points which, together with teammate Nick Heidfeld's performances, have helped Sauber enjoy their most successful season up to date.

Raikkonen, who was rumoured to have held talks with Ferrari to land a drive with them in a near future, has admitted the Maranello outfit is not main priority, claiming he wants to drive for the best team when he decides to leave Sauber.

"It is nice to hear from people about the Ferrari stories, but I don't really follow that," Raikkonen told Autosport. "I would just be happy if I got in one of the top teams, and I don't really mind which it is. I guess it doesn't matter if it is McLaren, Williams or Ferrari.

"You never know if Ferrari are going to go down the order, or who is going to come up and who will win. I don't read this speculation, and I think people are saying too much. But this happens in F1. Everyone gets a bit mad."

Published at 18:01:54 GMT

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