F1 » Would Renault consider another rally convert?


Having failed to see eye-to-eye over the winter, could F1 refugee Kimi Raikkonen now be the answer to Lotus Renault's driver dilemma?

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DJ - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 11:57 AM

Why would Kimi want to race for Renault When he could be pusshed out after a few months if Robert makes a quicker than expected recovery, as they are now saying his injuries arn't as bad as first thought..
Remember Nicky Lauda been given the last rights and racing 6 weeks later?

ebaums - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 12:00 PM

Definitely! To find a driver with Robert's caliber is hard and the second thing is 2011 top R31 so..Kimi Raikkonen is the only one who can replace Kubica and probably win a title! It's a chance! if other driver will replace RK than I'm sure its couse Robert will back soon!

Vince - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 12:10 PM

Kimi has a contractual obligation to rally a Red Bull Citreon.... don't see him getting such an easy way out of that as with Ferrari.

What I find more troubling, with regards to the whole 'team' aspect is that there is talk from the management saying that they shouldn't maybe consider the reserves and instead look for an alternative driver who's available....

Hardly see the point of being a reserve if, when needed they'd rather not use you. I'd have to assume at the least that Senna and Grosjean would probably already have seat fittings for the new car, and be up to speed with how everything is set-up. With more testing this week these guys should get a run out - the plan should be to work with what you've got rather than trying to fill a seat in time for race 1.

john_greek - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 12:31 PM

Hello from Greece!

In my opinion Genii must try to appoint Kimi first.. but it's a big risk concerning both his possible lack of interest for F1 anymore and his absence from F1 circus.

Instead of him i would prefer Sutil.
Noone else can bring the car on the podium on a regular basis and he deserves a chance in a bigger time.

Heidfeld lacks of speed but he will have stable races and will score many points..but is that enough for R31 ambitions?

Senna is not ready to be the No1 at Lotus-Renault and
neither does so Grosjean.Both seem to be not as fast for such a big team.

Hulkenberg could be a big surprise in some races but he's not what LR want for a whole season.He's a more talented "Senna-Grosjean" version.
In addition, as like Sutil's case,Force India will demand money to loan him for a season..

So,what do you think?

Rob get back soon!

JJJ - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 1:10 PM

Vince,

No he is not. He entered a DS3 WRC under with his own newly formed ICE racing team. Of course there will be some contractual agreements already in place with other sponsors but as I understand it he is now racing with his own team, possibly bankrolled (in part) with his own money. He'll be able to get out of those obligations.

Since Bahar is definitely NOT calling the shots at enstone (Bouiller, ie Lopez is) the team suits Kimi quite well. Not to much emphasis on marketing days, support for rallying aspirations from the management: a perfect team for a fast driver who is in F1 for the driving and would rather shun the business people.

JJJ - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 1:17 PM

Only thing Kimi should be realistic about if he wants to do this, is to not expect to get paid 15MM a year. He made enough money at McLaren and Ferrari, now he just needs to tell Renault he'll drive the car for them for, say, a million or 4 if they forget about making him jump through hoops for sponsors and let him do a rally once or twice.

I hope it happens, so we'll see another driver in with a shot at the championship and not let that Renault go to waste on mediocre drivers.

James Montgomery

February 07, 2011 1:24 PM

If they get another driver in.... think how p***ed off the 4/5 reserve drivers will be.

I think it would be fair of them to try rrrrmnnnn grrrrjnnnn! or Bruno Senna first... would be interesting to see how they cope!

brendan - Unregistered

February 07, 2011 2:51 PM

hire a good driver for no.1 seat and if that is kimi then brilliant!

as for the second seat share it 6 races on 6 races off between petrov and senna.

petrov cant fill hard done by because he really shouldnt be in the seat anyway.

its only sensible solution if they want to have a good season at renault. otherwise they are likely to be fighting for 7ths and 8ths on occasion if they are lucky.

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