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F1 return unlikely for Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen unlikely to return to the F1 paddock having switched to the WRC
Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that it is unlikely that he will return to the F1 grid in future.

Raikkonen switched to the World Rally Championship this season after being released from his contract with Ferrari a year early.

Despite that move, rumours have persisted that the Finn could make a quick return to F1 having been linked to roles with the likes of Renault, Pirelli and Red Bull – who back his WRC campaign with the Citroen Junior Team.

However, in an interview with the French sports newspaper L'Equipe, Raikkonen appeared to end talk of a return by admitting it was unlikely that he will switch back to single-seaters.

“You never know, but I will probably not return to Formula 1,” he said. “I became the F1 world champion, which I had always wanted to do, but times have changed.

“I do rallying now and there is far more to life than F1.”



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Taz - Unregistered

August 23, 2010 12:20 PM

Getting paid to rally while been paid by Ferrari not to race an F1 car, it's a tough life :) Good for Kimi. Be interesting to see how he runs when he has experience of all the events and decent pace notes which this year is all about.



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