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Raikkonen ends talks with Williams

Amid rumours that Kimi Raikkonen has ended talks with Williams, Adrian Sutil may have been handed an F1 lifeline.
Adrian Sutil looks set to find a new home with the Williams team next season, after paddock rumour at Interlagos claimed that Kimi Raikkonen had ended his interest in that particular route back to F1.

The 2007 world champion has been the subject of much speculation over recent weeks, with various sources confirming that he had been in talks with Williams about ending his two-year sabbatical in the World Rally Championship. The Grove team has apparently been in talks with a Qatar financial institution about sponsorship for next season, with the view to the income helping to pay Raikkonen's expected large retainer, but the talk in Brazil this weekend suggests that it now needs to focus on plan B.

"Some driver gossip: Raikkonen to Williams looks over," respected F1 journalist Andrew Benson wrote on his feed, "Sutil new fave for that seat, but some saying their Finnish reserve Valtteri Bottas."

Sutil, like Raikkonen, has reportedly been spotted at Williams' Grove headquarters, and is expected to be the odd man out at Force India when team owner Vijay Mallya finally makes his line-up announcement for 2012. With Nico Hulkenberg likely to join Paul di Resta at the Silverstone equipe next season, Williams appears to be Sutil's only hope of remaining in the top flight but, as Benson suggests, the German could face opposition from GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas, who impressed during the recent 'Young Driver' test in Abu Dhabi and would allow Williams to at least follow up any Finnish leads established in the pursuit of Raikkonen.




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