Kimi on verge of Schu-style pay-packet

Sun, 2 July 2006, 06:44

Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of accepting a Michael Schumacher-like salary to drive for Renault next year, according to press reports.

‘AS’ in Spain writes that the Finn has staggeringly been offered four times the annual salary of the departing Fernando Alonso for 2007 and beyond. McLaren-bound Alonso is estimated to earn about $9.5m this year.

But the ‘AS’ journalist wondered: ”Why didn’t they offer this money to Alonso and then keep the top driver in formula one (beyond 2006)?”

McLaren-Mercedes’ Norbert Haug, meanwhile, warned 26-year-old Raikkonen against chasing the supposed top seat in F1.

The German told Motorsport Aktuell: ”Who says that in 2007 Renault will still have the best package?”

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