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Kimi Raikkonen set for McLaren return to partner Hamilton next season

Kimi Raikkonen will make a remarkable return to McLaren next season to partner world champion Lewis Hamilton. The paper work is still being completed on the contract, but it is understood there is a will on all sides - including at Raikkonen's Ferrari team - to complete the move.

Raikkonen left McLaren for Ferrari in a £25million-a-year deal that made him the highest paid driver on the grid. He rewarded them by winning the world championship in his debut campaign in 2007, but his position came under threat when Fernando Alonso, Renault's double world champion, was rumoured to be replacing him.

Now the terms of Raikkonen's release are being thrashed out, with Ferrari lawyer Henry Peter at the Singapore Grand Prix over the weekend to unravel the complex situation. Raikkonen has a year left to run on his Ferrari deal and it is thought likely that Marlboro, who bankroll his pay, will give him a golden goodbye to supplement his salary of around £12m at McLaren.

Raikkonen's departure from McLaren after five years followed a falling out with then team principal Ron Dennis. But with Dennis having left the team, a source close to the negotiations said: 'Kimi is only looking at McLaren and McLaren are only looking at him.'
Raikkonen, 29, will replace his fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen and Alonso will take Raikkonen's place at Ferrari.


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