F1 » Renault say Raikkonen interest 'flattering', Petrov linked with Lotus


Renault F1 team principal Eric Boullier confesses that the interest of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen in a seat in 2011 is 'flattering' - as rumours begin to place Vitaly Petrov at Lotus Racing next year...

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Ricky Haych - Unregistered

September 21, 2010 11:34 AM

Would be great to see Kimi back in F1. Renault are in a nice position. It's the only real competitive drive left for next year and looks like he's interested.
Could make Renault arguably the best driver lineup in F1???

rbr46

September 21, 2010 11:48 AM

If they build a race winning car next year then this team is going to be fun to watch thats of course if kimi gets in. VP had his chance to save his seat and is still lacking in consistency. Maybe a less pressurised team is what VP needs such as lotus but they have got 2 experianced drivers who can develop a car so i would expect them to stay with that.

Mojo Jojo

September 21, 2010 12:47 PM

For Kimi, Renault is the best option for next year. He and Kubica will make a formidable team - both naturally quick and both not political. It will be the quietest paddock in F1.

Unless, of course, those Schumi and Brawn rumours about leaving MB are true, then that puts another spin on his options...

matt Gillespie

September 21, 2010 1:19 PM

@Cobalt
Kimi up until this point has never required any personal sponsors, due to his talent and his positioning amongst the top teams. He does have personal sponsors now such as DNA (a finnish mobile network) & obviously Red Bull. But if you read what the top brass at Renault are saying, they are not saying that Kimi needs to bring sponsors or money with him, they are actually having a look at if having a world champion would appeal to potential sponsor and would make them more likely to invest.Thus replacing / adding to the backing that Petrov brings with him. Kimi would never be a pay driver, as no decent driver should be. And at the end of the day, he doesnt need to be, he has plenty other options out side F1 where he can make a fortune (red bull Citroen, Mini, Monster Ford)the question will be whether he really wants to be back in F1. If he really truely does then i have no doubts that he will be back.

matt Gillespie

September 21, 2010 1:36 PM
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@Mojo Jojo
Couldnt agree more. Im surpirsed that with all the rumours that are gathering pace about Schumacher's future with Mercedes & Raikkonen's good relationship with Big Norb that Kimi hasnt been linked stronger to this drive. I persoanlly don't think Schumacher will leave,it will damage his image & reputation far too much to bail at this point. If he were to leave, i really hope that Mercedes don't go with Sutil as he would be nothing but a waste of time & a weak No.2 to Nico. Both Norbert & Kimi have both said that the Mercedes drive had been offered at the end of 2009, however it was to late & Kimi had already commited to WRC by this point. That being the case, & if Kimi really is looking for a way back into F1, surely if a seat were to become available at Mercedes then he would be first choice?
Not sure where i'd prefer Raikkonen to be next year... If the Mercedes drive is a real option then that would be the stronger option. But anything in F1 would be good...

rob01

September 21, 2010 2:31 PM

Renault has announced that Russian company Vyborg Shipyard JSC has become a team partner for the final five races of the 2010 season.

The deal marks the second partnership with a Russian company in 2010 for Renault, following the agreement with Lada.

I think Petrov stays.. he is bringing the cash. Kimi is just going to show up and say pay me. Alot..

Sounder - Unregistered

September 21, 2010 4:30 PM

had kimi been in red bull this year, he would have walked away with the drivers title by now..such a talented driver he is...renault should blindly sign him for next year if they really wanna win a title next year

Sounder - Unregistered

September 21, 2010 4:30 PM

had kimi been in red bull this year, he would have walked away with the drivers title by now..such a talented driver he is...renault should blindly sign him for next year if they really wanna win a title next year

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