Raikkonen looks for F1 comeback

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 by

Raikkonen was F1 world champion in 2007

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen wants to return to and has approached for a seat in 2011.

The Finn, who left F1 last year to join the World Rally Championship, approached the French manufacturer to try and organise a deal, according to Autosport magazine.

The former Ferrari pilot has always said he would only return to F1 in a competitive car. Renault has impressed in 2010 with Robert Kubica and team principal Eric Boullier said Raikkonen was in contention for a seat alongside the Pole next year.

However, the 2007 world champion’s place is by no means assured – Boullier has previously said that the team will keep its other drive, Vitaly Petrov, if the Russian can improve his performances. Although he has impressed in part, he has also made mistakes during the race weekends. Petrov also makes business sense as he opens up commercial possibilities in Russia. Taking on Raikkonen would mean a different approach for Renault.

Kimi spent three years with Ferrari in F1, having previously driven for Sauber and McLaren

“It would be a different strategy for the team,” Boullier said. “And that is not a question of personality or having a world championship title – it will cost me more if he is world champion than if he is not. It is not a question of this – it is a different strategy. You work differently if you have a rookie – and in supporting him – than if you have two experienced drivers. So it is different.

“We need to think about it. But the priority is Vitaly, and to see how he will develop. If we are convinced then we will keep him definitely. This is the first option. But there are several other options, and one of them is Kimi.”

Boullier expects a decision on Renault’s 2011 driver line-up to be made by the season end.

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