Kimi Raikkonen said after leaving Ferrari in 2009, McLaren made an offer to him, but refused because of the amount of money he would earn.
Kimi Raikkonen, who competed at McLaren between 2002-06 and admired everyone with his performances, moved to Ferrari in 2007.
The Finnish driver was the champion in his first year with the Italian team, but after 2008 and 2009 he had to leave Ferrari.
At that time, Raikkonen's name had been passed to McLaren, but the Finnish pilot retired from F1 to focus on various series, such as the WRC, instead of continuing on to Formula One.
Returning to sports with Lotus in 2012, Raikkonen returned to Ferrari in 2014 after a strong performance.
The Finnish driver will compete for Sauber in 2019 and 2020 and will probably retire later.
At the end of 2009, Raikkonen confirmed that Woking based McLaren was making an offer, and continued as follows: "We talked with Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren team boss for 2010).
"They made me an offer. But this contract would bring me less than the money I made in Ferrari, and I didn't accept it."
"I believed that my transition to McLaren would make no sense, and I refused. But if they paid more and the offer was better, I would probably sign a new contract with them."