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Kimi facing a 'difficult call'

KIMI RAIKKONEN has conceded he faces a difficult decision should he be offered contracts by both Lotus and Red Bull.

With Mark Webber yesterday announcing his retirement from Formula One at the end of the year to join Porsche's sportscar programme, it means there is now a vacancy at Red Bull.

Raikkonen has become a 4-9 favourite to take up the seat and join up with triple world champion Sebastian Vettel from 2014.

But with Lotus yet to offer the 33-year-old Finn a new deal, Raikkonen's future is in limbo.

Given how well Raikkonen has performed since his return to F1 at the start of last year after a two-year sabbatical, it is now almost certain the two teams will be in a race to secure his signature.

"Whatever the decision will be, it will not be easy, but it is never easy," said Raikkonen, ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

 

RECONCILIATION WILL COME: MILLAR

CYCLING: Scotland's David Millar has called for a "truth and reconciliation" process to put cycling's troubled relationship with doping to bed.

The 36-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider, who has rebuilt his career after serving a two-year ban from 2004-06 for failing a doping test, believes it is the only way for the sport to come to terms with a recent history potted with drugs scandals.

"There's an inevitability to it all," Millar said.

"What we're seeing now is micro events, individual truth and reconciliation. What we need is a macro event, so we can all move on."

 

IN-FORM GREGAN FOURTH IN OSTRAVA

ATHLETICS: Brian Gregan finished fourth in a top-class 400m field at the Grand Prix meeting in Ostrava last night.

The 22-year-old Dubliner clocked 45.55, fractionally short of his best of 45.53.

The race was won by Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada in 44.91.

 

MORGAN FINGER OP

CRICKET: England batsman Eoin Morgan is set to undergo an operation on a broken right finger today.

The Dubliner suffered the injury during the Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa on June 19 and had attempted to play through the pain.


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