Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Raikkonen's F1 Comeback Official

Kimi Raikkonen's comeback has been made official after months of speculation and recently a near certain deal with Williams failing. Kimi will be on the Formula 1 grid next year with Lotus Renault after signing a two year deal.

Kimi Raikkonen: "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 overwhelming. 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."

Team owner Gerard Lopez: "All year long, we kept saying that our team was at the start of a brand new cycle. Backstage we've been working hard to build the foundations of a successful structure and to ensure that we would soon be able to fight at the highest level. Kimi's decision to come back to Formula 1 with us is the first step of several announcements which should turn us into an even more serious contender in the future. Of course, we are all looking forward to working with a world champion. On behalf of our staff, I'd like to welcome Kimi to Enstone, a setting that has always been known for its human approach to Formula 1."

It is not known who will partner Raikkonen for next year but Vitaly Petrov appears to have the best chance as the Russian has a contract and good sponsorship. Eric Boulier would be pushing for his managed driver Roman Grosjean but Boulier's own job isn't safe after Lotus Renault's performance this year.

Related: 
Kimi Raikkonen Video Interview With Lotus Renault
Kimi Räikkönen Resume

 
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