Are Raikkonen return to Ferrari reports true or rubbish?

Kimi Raikkonen with Luca di Montezemolo in 2007

Kimi Raikkonen with Luca di Montezemolo in 2007

Jul.29 (GMM) As he battled for victory on Sunday during the Hungarian Grand Prix, rumours that Kimi Raikkonen is back on Ferrari’s radar for a return to the squad in 2013 continued to swirl (and grow) in the Hungaroring paddock.

Lotus F1 celebrates podium finishes for Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1.Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.The rumour was given life by team boss Stefano Domenicali, when to Finnish broadcaster MTV3 he said Ferrari’s number one Fernando Alonso and the team’s departed 2007 world champion share “a lot of similarities”.

“The talk in the paddock this weekend is that Felipe [Massa] has already lost his drive for next season,” Martin Brundle said on British television Sky.

A team ‘insider’ had earlier been quoted by the Sunday Times newspaper as saying that Ferrari sees Finn, 32, as a better alternative than some of the others on the list to replace Massa.

The source said many of the names – reportedly including Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Heikki Kovalainen and even Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado – would not necessarily be better than Massa.

“Kimi would be a very good solution,” he said. “Fast, experienced, unpolitical and out of contract at the end of the year. Fernando would have no problem having Kimi as his teammate.”

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2007The BBC’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson, however, quoted what he described as an ‘unimpeachable source’ who said that the rumour is simply “rubbish”.

Even the Times’ ‘insider’ admitted that there is a major stumbling block. That obstacle, according to British columnist Mark Hughes, is surely Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

The fabled marque’s all-powerful Montezemolo and Raikkonen are said to have fallen out badly when Raikkonen was dropped at the end of 2009, pushing him into world rallying. The Ferrari boss was quoted as saying that he “never understood the Finn.”

So while the Ferrari boss is reportedly resistant to the idea of Raikkonen returning to Maranello, the driver is said to have vowed never to work with Montezemolo again, Hughes said.

Raikkonen, after finishing one second behind winner Lewis Hamilton in Hungary, said on Sunday: “I always said that I have no bad feelings and I had a good time with the team. You never know what happens in the future and I am happy where I am.”

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  • Forza Ferrari

    Kimi and Alonso in Scuderia Ferrari would make a very great team. But I think it’s highly unlikely that Kimi would come back to Ferrari, not because of some falling out with mr. Montezemolo or anything else, but because it’s already a passed phase for both Ferrari and Kimi. In Ferrari’s 62 year Formula 1 history there haven’t been many cases when a driver that has already been in Ferrari at one stage in their career returns after many years. If I remember correctly then Gerhard Berger back in 1993 was the last driver to make a return to Ferrari, after driving there from 1987-1989. So, as great as it would be to see Fernando and Kimi driving for Ferrari, I don’t believe that’s it’s going to happen. Even Button is a more likely candidate for the place in the second Ferrari. Felipe’s time in Ferrari seems to be over indeed, unfortunately :(

  • Rainer

    Felipe’s time in Ferrari seems to be over, fortunately! After a fluke season in 2008, it has only gone from bad to worse.