Raikkonen not interested in F1 return

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen having too much fun in WRC?

Sep.21 (GMM) 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s plans for 2012 do not include Formula 1, according to the Finnish evening daily Ilta-Sanomat.

The report follows speculation that Raikkonen – who left F1 at the end of 2009 to begin his forays in world rallying, NASCAR and Le Mans sportscars – recently visited the headquarters of famous British team Williams.

“Yes, Kimi Raikkonen visited the Williams factory”, Ilta-Sanomat confirmed, “but that (a return to F1) is not the way forward” for the 31-year-old Finn.

The report said 18-time grand prix winner Raikkonen, who between 2002 and 2009 drove for frontrunners McLaren and Ferrari, is “convinced that his time at the pinnacle of motor sport came to an end when he left Ferrari”.

Ilta-Sanomat said Raikkonen “wants to be in world rally, the legendary Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, and the 24 hours of Le Mans” next year.

  • alonso4eva

    Yah right. After Webber was confirmed at Red Bull, he stopped crying for a return. Clearly not convinced at the Williams factory that they would be competitive again soon, Kimi decided not to return in Rubens seat either. Kimi stop pretending F1 is running after you, when it is you that wants to be back in F1 more than F1 wants you. Go and do Daytona, Montoya will wipe the floor with you again there as well.

  • subiedude

    Kimi marches to the beat of his own drummer. Rallying is a major rush especially just to be in the top 10 of the WRC. He is getting better each event but probably knows he will never be at the Loeb level. Like all racing, the top guys have something indefinable that stands out from the rest, i.e. Schumi, Lewis, Alonzo, Vettel. Kimi was one of those guys when he was in F1 and would have won at least 4 more events had his car not fell apart while he was leading. He dabbled in NASCAR and did very well, which was noted by top people in that series. I am sure he will be in the Daytona 500. As long as he has no schedule conflicts, he will be on a Lemans 24 team next year also. He is doing what he wants to do, has sponsorship money to do it plus he has his own money also. As far as going to Williams, they claim it had nothing to do with F1 ride, rather a new street car being considered. Any retired driver would be glad to respond to a request from Frank Williams, who has produced multiple world champions in his cars overthe years including a lot of ingrates like Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Nigel Mansel who gave little or no credit to Williams for providing very competitive cars. In F1, the car itself is the primary means to a championship then you need a decent driver. That always drives the question of how well some cars would do with another driver from a winning team would do. It is the essence of modern F1

  • Sam the Man

    That particular article in Finnish newpaper is pure BS. Vivid imagination of one reporter. Kimi might be very well concidering F1 return. Future will tell. Now is the time to come back. There will be lot of sets in top tema available for 2013 and Kimi knows that.

  • Johanne

    Well where ever kimi goes that is where i go he is a great driver for start. not even alonso would think to do WRC and Le Mans 24. and kimi made a point that he is happier in WRC. he might even get better in rallying. and mostly you see he just goes to factories like renault and williams just to see that is all. he just looks is that bad? and kimi is always a faster driver that is why he is called the “Flying Fin”. alonso is just a spoiled brat who wants to win everything. proof look at the last year abu dhabi where petrov beats alonso and he complains to petrov. when kimi lost in 2005 world championship do see him complaining?? now that is true professionalism on his sport.

  • Sennauno

    @ Johanne

    Alonso was just cheesed off with Petrov but even he knew Petrov had every right to race
    wouldnt you be slightly peeved if you were stuck behind some shmuck & lost a world title? he was just a bit emotional man