Raikkonen confirmed at Renault in surprise move
November 29, 2011
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Raikkonen will return to F1 after a 2-year absence
Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula 1 next year.
The Finn will be driving with the Renault – soon to become Lotus – team, and it is currently uncertain who he will be driving alongside.
He left the sport after a disappointing couple of years after winning his first title in 2007. However, he said today that he couldn’t resist moving back to the sport after a year in the WRC:
"I’m delighted to be coming back to Formula 1 after a two-year break, and I’m
grateful to Lotus Renault GP for offering me this opportunity.
My time in the World Rally Championship has been a useful stage in my career
as a driver, but I can’t deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become
It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by
the scope of the team’s ambition. Now I’m looking forward to playing an important
role in pushing the team to the very front of the grid."
This means that for the first time in the history of the sport, 6 world champions will be on the grid next March.
Regarding the second seat at the team, that’ where things get more complicated. Vitaly Petrov still has a contract with Renault, but team principal Eric Boullier still has not ruled out Robert Kubica’s return to the team, provided he is fit and ready.
As well as this, Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean are pushing for race seats, both drivers having driven for Renault in the past – Senna for the second half of 2011, and Grosjean for the second half of 2009.