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Renault courting Raikkonen and Nokia for 2010?

Renault is understood to have held discussions with 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen regarding a potential switch to the French outfit next year – in a move that could at the same time earn the Régie a title sponsorship deal with mobile 'phone company Nokia.

Rumours circulating in France suggest that Raikkonen – who looks set to be out of a drive at Ferrari in 2010 in favour of current Renault incumbent Fernando Alonso, should the Scuderia manage to successfully negotiate the Finn's €25 million pay-off for terminating his existing contract a year early – could do what would be effectively a straight swap with his fellow former title-winner.

However, it is believed that the 29-year-old has already refused an offer of a €45 million, multi-year agreement – but it is also claimed that Nokia might join the Enstone-based operation regardless. Renault is seeking a new chief backer after Dutch banking organisation ING announced earlier this year that it will not be renewing its deal with the team.

Nokia – which is also Finnish – last appeared in the top flight when it sponsored Tyrrell back in 1995, with a home-grown driver on-board in the shape of Raikkonen's countryman Mika Salo.

There remain whispers inside the F1 paddock that Alonso could be announced as a Ferrari driver in 2010 during the weekend of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in just over a week's time.



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Rhys - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 6:26 PM

Why would he move to Renault? A Slower team.! I garantee he will be at Ferrari next year unless Brawn or ed Bull offer him a decent salary for next season. Eventhough he is under contract with Ferrari for next year. 2ndly. Kimi is the fastest driver out there on natural talent and speed he is there. Give him a chance of a win and he will perform as showed at spa.

JJ - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 7:13 PM

@JMD Because Kimi has the raw pace. He's the quickest in terms of sheer speed, and as a fan of racing that's what I like to see. Sure, Alonso can read a race well, knows exactly what to do to win on and off the track, but in sheer pace he's lacking in comparison to Kimi (and a few others), he's fast but not THE fastest. He's also NOT getting slammed by Massa, in his first year he beat Massa, last year he had some problems, so did Alonso in '07 and '04. It happens... Kubica is overrated. Heidfeld confidently had the better of him in '07 and this year. Last year the car suited Kubica better, but still Heidfeld came very close in the end. IMO, Kubica is only about the 6th or 7th best in F1.



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