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Adam Parr says Kimi Raikkonen would 'energise' Williams but refuses to be drawn on 2012 plans
Williams chairman Adam Parr admits that Kimi Raikkonen would 'energise' the team if he were to sign up for the 2012 F1 season but had remained coy on who will line up for the Grove-based outfit next year.

Williams had endured arguably the most disappointing season in its history in 2011 with just three points finishes all season from Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado leaving it down in ninth in the championship standings.

Speculation had been mounting for some time that 2007 title winner Raikkonen could make his return to F1 with the team next season while there has also been suggestions that Adrian Sutil could be a target, with his role at Force India at risk from test driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Speaking to the BBC during the Indian Grand Prix weekend, Parr insisted he couldn't comment about who will be part of the Williams line-up in 2012 although he did admit that someone like Raikkonen would provide motivation to improve.

"I think everybody knows that Kimi is one of the most talented drivers who has been in Formula One in recent years,” he said. “From what we can all see he's very hungry to come back in, and I think having a world champion in your midst of course energises people. So all the points you made would be very relevant to a team that was thinking about what it was doing.

"We're thinking about what we're doing for next year. No decisions have been made, and I'm really sorry but I can't say more than that right now."

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November 02, 2011 11:19 AM
Last Edited 1114 days ago

I think Raikkonen's return would undoubtably by a great thing! Not only for the team, but the sport! Williams see next season as a new era in their story with a new engine deal, new design team and new title sponsers. Why waste another season with Barrichello & Maldonado achieving next to nothing. It seems pretty clear that due to the cash that Maldo brings with him, he will be safe at the team. However it seems 100% sure that they ARE going to change the line up. From what i have read from Raikkonen, he is VERY hungry to get back into Formula 1. It would bring an incredible level of interest in the team from the public and much greater levels of coverage. It can only be seen as a win / win situation for the team surely??? Even if Kimi isn't straight up to speed, the coverage will compensate for that? Everybody is keen to see this happen, even the drivers seem excited at the chance to have Kimi back on the grid. It would be a massive boost for the sport in general. Why wouldn't you wa

Yoda401 - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 12:02 PM

@Rob01 what version of F1 were you watching during Raikkonen's career? A driver you claim to be 'useless' was worthy world champion and runner-up twice and was widely regarded as the fastest F1 river on the grid with 35 fastest laps. Everyone knows what went on at Ferrari - they kicked out their world champion driver in favour of a cheat, but Raikkonen remained a professional and has never bad mouthed them once for it. Ferrari also favoured Massa in 2008 and designed the car around Massa in 2009. As soon as Massa got injured and Ferrari had no choice but to support Raikkonen, he started getting results again. To win in that DOG of an F60 was actually incredible.

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