Bernie Ecclestone believes it is highly unlikely that Kimi Raikkonen will ever return to F1 now.
Raikkonen, who won the F1 drivers' title in 2007, quit the sport at the end of 2009 - having been replaced at Ferrari by Fernando Alonso. He subsequently jumped ship and competed in the FIA World Rally Championship with the Citroen Junior Team. Despite a difficult debut year he has opted to remain in the WRC in 2011 and recently finished eighth on Rally Sweden, the first round of the season, in his ICE 1 Racing team-run Citroen DS3 WRC.
“No one really knows why Kimi left F1, and many have tried to bring him back again,” Ecclestone told Germany's Kicker
magazine. “But Kimi has decided to do something else, and that will remain the case.”
Although Raikkonen is sitting out this weekend's Rally Mexico, the second round in the 2011 WRC, as it is not part of his ten-event programme, the Finn reiterated again last month that he now has a different focus.
“I have no interest in returning to F1”, he told gulfnews.com
. “I do not want to talk about F1.
“Rallying is where I want to be and it is good to be back for another season," added the 'ice-man'.