Raikkonen welcome back says Ecclestone

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo.

Kimi Raikkonen with Bernie Ecclestone

Oct.31 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he would welcome Kimi Raikkonen back to Formula 1.

The 2007 world champion, having driven mainly in world rally but also Nascar-style racing since leaving Ferrari two years ago, is being strongly linked with a comeback with the Williams team.

New reports, including in the major Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, claim the 32-year-old has been training hard for the past four months to get back into shape for F1.

“It would be nice to see him do it,” F1 chief executive Ecclestone told Finnish broadcaster MTV3. “I am not sure if he is serious about it.”

Throughout the Indian grand prix weekend, Williams chairman Adam Parr batted away the Raikkonen speculation.

But he finally relented on Sunday in a television interview with the BBC. “From what we can all see, he (Raikkonen) is very hungry to come back,” said Parr, as Williams reportedly contemplates pairing Raikkonen with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.

“And I think having a world champion in your midst of course energises people.” Contrary to recent speculation, Helsingin Sanomat said Williams does not need to secure new sponsors to sign Raikkonen.

“We need to get the best driver lineup for next year,” said Parr.

  • Stewy33

    I would welcome Kimi back as well, it would put 6 world champions on the grid (Vettel, Button, Schumacher, Alonso, Raikkonen, and Hamilton)

  • Evel

    I’d love to see Kimi back in F1.
    I knew he was something special when he used to put that Sauber far higher on the grid than should have been possible.

    I had the same feeling as I had when I watched Schumi in his debut year – I knew that Kimi was going to be World Champion one day and I thought he’d be the one to step into Schumi’s shoes, to follow in his footsteps, the driver I’d support when Schumi retired.
    He did indeed step into Schumi’s shoes for a while but then those idiots at Ferrari ditched him, using his motivation as an excuse, which I still don’t buy.

    You can see in all the interviews from that time that Kimi was deeply upset by this betrayal and was basically forced out of F1 by Ferrari.Again, I don’t buy the story about lack of motivation and needing a rest.
    He just couldn’t stay and scrounge around for a seat in a bottom level team and I don’t blame him.
    Kimi is a very special talent, it’s very sad that he hasn’t had the chance to realize his full potential and I really hope he does come back to F1!
    Williams may not be such a bad move.
    Kimi’s already shown that he can extract a lot more than should be possible from a mediocre or crappy car during his Sauber days.

    I see know reason he can’t impress again now, just as he did then.
    It would be great to see him helping to bring a once great team back to greatness.
    That feat would surely cement him as one of F1′s greats.
    I’d love to see him starring in the new Williams fairy-tale, in the same vein as last decade’s Ferrari/Schumacher fairytale.
    Perhaps Raikkonnen will follow in Schumi’s footsteps after-all ;)

  • DAN RED

    Id love kimi back at ferrari with alonso his team mate….

  • Barlow

    This is getting better all the time, I would love to see Kimi back in F1. I also loved his interviews. Good Kimi!!

  • Twiinz

    I hope it works out. If Kimi comes back with Williams, he won’t be there for more than a year or two. I think he knows one of the big 4 will want him once he proves he has his speed back. Kimi doesn’t want to rebuild Williams. He wants to use them to achieve a top ride. If in doing this he can help them, then they both win.

  • http://YallaF1.com Aileen

    This guy is crazy..why would someone like Kimi drive for Williams? what is he going to achieve? Do you think he will bring the team ahead of Redbull ? or is he just trying to give Barrichello a rocking chair and let him cry?

  • Infallible

    Please come back Kimi.. u are greatly missed!!

  • Ferrari Crappy

    im agree EVEL. yes…Ferrari make a big mistake to retain massa than kimi. ferrari have too much idiot reason, kimi lack motivation, no focus on f1 or is not a team player like alonso or schumi, ohh cmmon… well now u can see redbull racing. the true card is Adrian Newey. the key is designer not a big mouth driver!!! Stefano domenicali & Luca di montezemolo is just too much talk about what they wanna do, too arrogant. i would love if jean todt still at ferrari.

  • http://www.educate-yourself.org Tsstheseason

    I would never want to se Kimi as Alonso new partner. Kimi is a dick. He doesnt accept the media. He acts arrogant. Forced uot of F1? Really he was forced out after winning a chamionship? Or how about barely winning it and then storming off so he can feel like a kid who stole the trophy and not defend it. If your good, you dont leave after you win a championship unless you are in the verge of retiring. Example if Barrechello Won a championship this year or next he would retire the next year. Thats due to age. Kimi took off with his championship and acted as if it was to easy and left so he didnt have to prove he is a fluke. Just like Hamilton barely winning against Massa who should of Won, however had 3 DNF’s that year. I dont know why people like Kimi,,,He has 1 championship and barely won. He sucks in touring cars and sucks at Rally and wrecked there cars. Im not saying he is the worst driver. But certainly does not deserve high praise.

  • Sennauno

    seriously the majority of you guys dont sound like you been watching Formula 1 for very long. For your information it was Kimi was thrilled to leave Ferrari/F1 and in turn Ferrari that wanted to sign Alonso ASAP … was clear for all to see that Kimi 2007 was a far cry from Kimmi 2008…Massa was all over him in 2008…was clear for all to see from Kimi’s couldnt be a$$ed anymore

    plus he got a very handsome payout from Ferrari to end his contract a year early. whats there not to believe? kimi has openly gone to rallying/nascar and admitted he was bored of F1..

    god some people like to dribble

  • atul

    Tsstheseason if u dont know anything, shut the fcuk up.