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."