Raikkonen will not struggle with F1 comeback

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kyle Busch Motorsports talks with Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Rd7, Charlotte Motor Speedway, USA, 20 May 2011.

Kimi Raikkonen makes a much anticipated return to F1 in 2012

Dec.21 (GMM) McLaren doctor and fellow Finn Aki Hintsa does not think Kimi Raikkonen will struggle on his return to Formula 1 next season, in the manner that Michael Schumacher has battled to get up to his former speed and prowess.

Post Race Press Conference (L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari; Race winner Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi with Michael Schumacher

2007 world champion Raikkonen’s decision to come back to the sport with Lotus after a couple of seasons away has been compared with Schumacher’s recent struggle to readjust after a three-year sabbatical.

But Hintsa, who knows Raikkonen well after the now 32-year-old’s five-year tenure at McLaren until 2006, plays down that comparison.

“Physically, Kimi is definitely as strong now as he ever was,” he is quoted by Turun Sanomat newspaper. “It is clear that a return to F1 for Kimi will be easier than it was for Michael Schumacher two years ago.

“First of all, Kimi is so much younger than Michael, and secondly, he was not away for as long and while he was away, he kept driving in a very demanding category,” said Hintsa, referring to Raikkonen’s world rallying exploits.

Indeed, while Raikkonen only turned 32 some weeks ago, Schumacher is clearly F1’s oldest active driver as he approaches his 43rd birthday in January.

“At that stage of life a ten year age difference is a major factor in top-level sport,” said Hintsa.

“When an athlete turns 40, the response time begins to slow down naturally and there’s nothing you can do about it. It is not possible to turn back the clock.”

  • H.Wilson

    Kimi’s problem will not be Kimi..It will be Williams who have been uncompetitive for years..

  • http://www.stmheatingandelectrical.co.uk/ F1 Novice….ish

    Good job he’s driving for Renault (Lotus) then :0))))

  • Xav

    Kimi will not be driving for Williams, he will be at Lotus Renault………

  • jpp47

    Do not forget Kimi almost never adjust hair cars he adjust himself to the car he is driving. Latest example was his victory on Belgian GP with an horrible Ferrari. And Spa is told to be the most difficult track