Citroen Racing team principal Olivier Quesnel has denied any contact with Kimi Raikkonen, despite ongoing rumors that the Finn is expected to sign to drive a C4 WRC in next year's World Rally Championship.
Raikkonen and his management team have made it quite clear that they want to be in the World Rally Championship next season and speculation suggests they will do that with backing from energy drinks giant Red Bull, already a title sponsor of the Citroen WRC team.
"Nothing is signed, I never had [Kimi] Raikkonen on the telephone," Quesnel told French newspaper L'Equipe. "In any case, [if Raikkonen did sign for Citroen] it would not be in the official team, but in the Citroen Junior Team. There is a lot of noise about this."
Despite the lack of contact with Quesnel, he said he would be very pleased to see the Finn competing in the WRC. "He was not a [Formula 1] World Champion by chance," said Quesnel. "In Finland last year, he was quite astonishing at the wheel of a Super 2000 car. If he comes to WRC, it will be very good news for the rally in general. It would also be nice to thumb the nose to F1."