Raikkonen key to big sponsor for Williams

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Oct.5 (GMM) Williams team sees Kimi Raikkonen as the key to securing a major new sponsor, according to reports in a Finnish newspaper.

The 2007 world champion recently visited the British team’s headquarters, and rumours in Singapore said the parties are serious about potentially working together next season.

According to Ilta Sanomat newspaper, signing Raikkonen could secure the team the backing of the part state-owned Qatar National Bank.

Williams already has links with Qatar, including the Williams Technology Centre located in the Arab emirate.

The report said Sir Frank Williams has been trying “for several years” to sign the Qatari bank as a sponsor.

During his last grand prix as Williams’ technical director in Singapore two weeks ago, Sam Michael was asked if the team is now taking its driver decisions on financial grounds.

“I think Williams will make the choices that are best for the company and the best results. That’s what it will come down to,” he said.


  • Danny

    Great for the sport, and great for Williams GP. Go Kimi go!

  • Bob

    Interesting. Raikonen’s icy personality will fit in well with the Williams
    “sour” faces of Frankie and Head.

  • Subiedude

    Kimi is a good fit for Williams at this time. He still has a good draw from younger demographics. I think it would be good for both parties……and hopefully drag some funds to Williams.

  • Mark

    The fact the he was away from f1 is critical but he was doing WRC,so lets see what happens in comparison to Schumi’s return..could develop into an interesting theory to build on for the future ..

  • GrandPrix Fanatic

    Then there will be six champions in one season. I wish this will come true…