Kimi Raikkonen close to a return to Formula 1
After leaving F1 in late 2009 to address the World Championship Rally Kimi Raikkonen is about to make his return next season, if we are to believe one of the shareholders of the stable Williams.
Debarque Scuderia Ferrari in late 2009 in favor of Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen was launching a full-time WRC, with the help of Citroen Sport in first. But the results were very unconvincing Raikkonen reporting rather by its outputs drive by brands points. Beginning in 2011, Kimi decided to leave the official structure of Citroen to create his own team, Ice 1 Racing, while maintaining a technical partnership with Citroen since Raikkonen drives a DS3 WRC.
But the results are hardly better. And the few races that the Iceman was paid last spring in the Camping World Series and NASCAR Nationwide have not led to sufficient results to attract sponsors. Therefore remains an option for Kimi Raikkonen for the 2012 season: join Team Williams F1, with the partnership of the National Bank of Qatar, will have not only the Renault engine but also a revised budget has increased.
At this stage, Raikkonen has not yet confirmed its return for the agreement faces, according to our sources, has money issues. Kimi watch seems very greedy on its financial pretensions! If he signs for 2012, it could have as teammate Adrian Sutil or young french Jules Bianchi Ferrari protege.
Certainly the 2011 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado at this time seem more plans in the stable for Williams next season.