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Renault: No rush over 2011

Renault owner Gerard Lopez says there is no rush to name 2011 driver line-up
Renault team owner Gerard Lopez insists the team is in no rush to finalise its 2011 F1 driver line-up despite rumours that former champion Kimi Raikkonen has approached the team about a possible return to the sport.

Rumours emerged earlier this week that Raikkonen, now competing in the WRC with Citroen, had contacted the team about the possibility of teaming up with Robert Kubica next season.

That news comes at a time when the team is still considering the future of rookie driver Vitaly Petrov, who has shown flashes of speed this season but has been unable to convert that speed into consistent points finishes.

Speaking to the Press Association, Lopez revealed that there were options other than Petrov for 2011 after the Russian struggled to make an impression at Monza last weekend but said that the GP2 graduate remained firmly in contention to keep his drive for a second season.

"I doubt Monza is the place where he has done enough to justify his seat next year," he said. "If we weren't to keep Vitaly, we've options, both people who are in Formula One and people who left and would be happy to come back.

"When you are lucky enough to have a seat nobody wanted last year and everybody wants this year, you take your time. But for now Vitaly is our second driver and we are trying to do everything we can to make sure he stays our second driver."



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Ice_Pick - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 8:54 AM

Apparently Mastercard are interested only if they get Raikkonen on-board for 2011. He might also bring Nokia with him... The fact that Raikkonen contacted Renault shows that he is at least still interested in F1. All the talk about F1 being a closed book was probably to get the media to stop asking him about it every 5 mins!!!



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