F1 » Raikkonen returns - but not with Williams


Kimi Raikkonen will be back in F1 next season, but not with the team many expected him to link up with....

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BATJ - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 9:12 AM

I believe Senna will remain in Renault as he matches the Lotus livery. Sutil will replace old Rubens at Williams... Cheer up for Kimi my personal favorite...

Nick636

November 29, 2011 9:24 AM

Happy to see him back.

A lot of people don't like him for some reason, but he's fast, very fast.
Pity he's driving for my least-favoured team!!!

Though who knows how long it takes Boullier to decide HE'S the cause of all their woe, not the cr@p car...?

bojan - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 9:26 AM

I think some people are getting a bit carried away here - it will be interesting to see how Kimi goes for sure, but he was never that dominant before and after two years spent crashing WRC cars he will need to readjust.

Also Kimi was always a turn up and race driver - Renault need something more in the way of development if they are going to figure prominently in the results. I think the best he can hope for is to have a sufficiently good season that he can get a better seat for 2013, but I'm not holding my breath.

blzbub

November 29, 2011 9:33 AM

Top eight in WRC is pretty good, top eight for LRGP or whatever the will be called will be equally impressive next year. Eric Boullier may irritate him, but that didnt slow RK down too much!

Taz - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 9:37 AM

@zach

I think there are clauses in Petrov's contract, it's by no means cast iron, it depends if they need his sponsorship money but it would make sense to keep him, a driver who has been out of F1 for a year (but is bl00dy quick) and a rookie who's been out of F1 for a year is a big risk.

Wonder how Kimi will like the Pirelli's, totally different tyre to when he was last in F1.

richard

November 29, 2011 9:42 AM

kimi had all but agreed terms with williams, but there was a sticking point over part ownership of the team, which killed the deal. lotus renault is therefore the plan B option. i reckon that he will stick it for a year, just to see how he goes. if there is no result, he will slope off again, but if he excels, then he will move to another team.

but i bet that there is a prohibition on rallying, just in case he wants to run the odd event!

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