Raikkonen appoints Blundell led group to handle his commercial affairs 5 February, 2014 Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen, famously averse to the promotional duties that are part and parcel of being a modern sports personality, has appointed MB Partners to handle his commercial affairs. MB Partners, led by former grand prix driver Mark Blundell, announced: “MB Partners are proud to announce they will be representing the commercial rights for 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen in collaboration with his management and advisors. Raikkonen returns to Ferrari this year to join Fernando Alonso for the first of two seasons. He won the title for the Maranello squad in 2007, before leaving the team and F1 in 2009 for a career in the World Rally Championship, and then heading back to F1 with Lotus in 2012. Raikkonen scored Lotus F1’s first race win at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and last year secured another victory and a further seven podiums, to finish fifth in the Championship standings. Blundell, founder and CEO of MB Partners said, “I have known Kimi’s management and advisors for a very long time and as such, we are working closely together on behalf of Kimi. He is without a doubt one of the best F1 drivers on the grid and combined with Ferrari is a powerful commercial proposition.” (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsPiero Ferrari: I hope Alonso remains at MaranelloAlonso wants $50 million per year to stay at FerrariMcLaren luring Alonso or pissing off Ferrari?Mattiacci: Alonso is the best driver on the gridContract may allow Alonso to leave FerrariMattiacci: Kimi has not told us he wants to quitAlonso not looking beyond Ferrari contractAlonso return to McLaren speculation will not go awayFerrari moving early to extend Alonso contract?Hamilton spotted at Maranello Boycottthebull Gimme Gimme Kimi at it again. Always money first. k400 He probably wants any distraction out of the way so can fully focus on the upcoming season. He’s finally shown some seriousness. Ronnie Kimi knows what he’s doing – OK? He just needs some space and quiet to do his thing. (I don’t know how that reconciles to MB but let’s see!).