The Financial Times reports this morning that Neil Duncanson - chairman of the TV company North One, which owns the WRC series - has confirmed that two new manufacturers are getting ready to replace Subaru and Suzuki, who pulled out at the end of last year.
Raikkonen's exit from F1 would clearly be eased if the Fiat group were to offer him a factory drive in WRC instead. The Finnish driver recently entered (and crashed out of) Rally Finland at the wheel of a S2000 rally-spec Grande Punto. Despite his accident, his debut performance was widely praised within the WRC world.
Footage of Raikkonen's spectacular end to his WRC debut is below. 'It was fun, and nobody got hurt', the notoriously deadpan Finn said moments after the incident.