Friday, 16 September 2011

Raikkonen's "Personal Reasons" Visit To Williams Factory

Sport10.at (Austria) and Plaza.fi (Finland) websites have reported Kimi Raikkonen visited the F1 Williams Oxfordshire factory. According to Finnish broadcaster MTV3 the multiple world championship winning team have confirmed the 2007 world champion was given a tour last week for "personal reasons".

Seems a bit far fetched that Kimi would make a comeback with Williams given their financial situation and Raikkonen's likely wage demands. Add to that why would Raikkonen want to make a comeback with a back-marker team at present.

Having said that, Raikkonen could potentially bring a big sponsor. If he impresses there is a seat the year after open at Red Bull and Ferrari with both Mark Webber and Felipe Massa contracts ending then. Also there is no chance a top team would take a chance on him after been out a couple of years unless they know he still has it.

Anyway with all that said I wouldn't exactly bet on him making a comeback at Williams though hope its true! If it did somehow materialize he would be replacing Rubens Barrichello who still hasn't had his contract extended for next year.

UPDATE: Speaking to Spain's Diario Sport, Kimi: "I have no plans for next year, there are many reasons why I quit formula one and I always said I don't know if it's forever. I never make plans for the next year before January, so I will have to see what will happen."

It's starting to look like this latest Raikkonen comeback story might actually happen!

UPDATE 24/10/2011: Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat states a well connected former Japanese F1 driver Taki Inoue, Friday sent a message to Twitter stating Williams have already signed Raikkonen for 2012. Highly respected German magazine Auto Motor und Sport also reports Raikkonen has started intense physical training.

 
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