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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racingbod - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 10:02 AM

I feel sorry for Grosjean, guy deserves a shot. Can't see them sticking two drivers that haven't raced in F1 for over two years in the same car.

Also not sure that Kimi will knuckle down and be the leader the team need. I'll wait and see before getting too excited.

Andrew - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 10:20 AM

Can't believe how many people are happy to see him back. It was a relief to see him go at the end of 2009 since it looked like he was just doing the minimum to earn his paycheck. When Kimi turns up and is interested, then he's a great driver. Unortunately, that doesn't seem to happen all that often. When there are so many young drivers eager to get into an F1 seat it's a pity that someone like Kimi gets a second chance.

TheVern - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 10:23 AM

I think this is a big gamble for Kimi. Whilst Williams are down on their luck I feel they have the ability to rebuild and retain their credibility, something Lotus, Renault (or whatever they want to be) lack.

I think frustration will take hold if the car is a dog and we'll see some pretty poor showings. May be wrong but I don't see this as a good move.

Alex-79 - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 10:32 AM

Although it's quite interesting to see that we now have every WDC since 2000 on the grid, I don't think we should expect to see Lotus Renault as a regular podium candidate. They had a strong start with two podiums, buth after the competition further developed their cars they were soon left behind. And Kimi has been absent for two years.

"Yes, but he is Kimi Raikkonen, so he will do great." Anyone remember Michael Schumacher? Got on board with the reigning champions in 2010, but he needed to adjust to F1 again, and that took him a whole year.

"Top eight in WRC is pretty good" Given the fact that there are only two factory teams, and the rest is either semi-pro or in testing phase, it was what should be expected. Only Carlos Reutemann managed an outright podium on his first rally, and that was on his hometurf as well, in the Group-B era.

Ruben - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 11:23 AM

At least he signed as soon as possible.
Now he has the whole winter to prepare himself and gets time to get used to the car. Something Heidfeld and Senna lacked last year.

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