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Raikkonen back to F1 with Renault

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  • #141955
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    Just hours after Autosprint ran stories suggesting Raikkonen would replace Petrov at Renault, AMuS ran their own stories claiming Petrov had done enough to retain his seat, provided he kept the money flowing in. Given Renault’s connection to Lada and to the Russian government as a result, I think Petrov would be pretty safe.

    #141956
    wasiF1
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    It’s a tough call but will Renault will want Kimi to join them? Petrov so far this season have done a good job but Renault will want someone who can too challenge for the championship. As Eric Boullier said

    Our clear goal is to become title contenders over the next two years. To do so, we need a driver of Roberts calibre: somebody who is fast, totally committed and doesnt make mistakes. His performances during the first half of the 2010 season were flawless, and we hope to achieve great things together in the future.

    So as all the big teams have two drivers who are capable of fighting for the championship why will Renault be on the back foot. I think if Renault wants then Kimi won’t say no.

    #141957
    Steph90
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    “I think if Renault wants then Kimi won’t say no. “

    Mclaren offered him a chance and he said no and they were/are in a much better position. I can’t help but feel with the tyres changing it could spring a few surprises. Renault may be in good form right now but we’ve yet to see if they can win races again. The other thing is – Kimi might just like the WRC better.

    #141958
    IDR
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    Is Renault (or Gerard Lpez) going to spend 30 Million (yearly) in just one driver?

    I don’t think so.

    #141959
    TommyB
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    I don’t think Kimi will ever return to F1. I think the rumours I just people hoping he will. Can’t see them forking out the insane money for Kimi when they have Kubica in the team.

    #141960
    BasCB
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    From what Lopez said it seems Renault is genuinly interested in luring Kimi back. Now Kubica, their newly confirmed long time lead driver has said on air that he would be happy to have Kimi in the car next to him.

    It would be a major boost for Renault, if they can make that work!

    link: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/85071

    #141961
    BasCB
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    And it would be a great basis for the two of them to have some rallying fun as well (not sure about Citroen liking it, but maybe Renault is getting into WRC as well?). I think these guys might get along pretty well.

    #141962
    wasiF1
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    Two Rally fan in F1 will be great.

    #141963
    Steph90
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    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/85134 Kimi’s clearly making progress in the WRC. Shame about the crash but it would be a waste of a year if he turned his back on it.

    #141964
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    (not sure about Citroen liking it, but maybe Renault is getting into WRC as well?)

    Renault have no interest in a WRC programme. They might make the Clio available for junior championships, but they’re not going to go establishing a works team or anything of their own. I seriously doubt Raikkonen will go to Renault.

    #141965
    US_Peter
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    Wasn’t Kimi supposed to have made a final decision about next year just after Rally Finland? That was a couple weeks ago…

    #141966
    Lord Stig
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    Not sure I heard that US_Peter but I did remember Kimi saying he will weigh his options sooner than later. I do not really think Kimi will come back in 2011. It would be nice if he did but I doubt he will.

    #141967
    Anonymous
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    Apparently during the Rally of Finland Kimi said something like he’ll have more time to get better results or something at home or something along those lines. It was so long ago though I can’t remember sorry but I still think he’s staying put in the WRC for at least another year.

    #141968
    US_Peter
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    Found it:

    http://www.espn.co.uk/formula1/sport/story/34549.html

    I guess he just said “maybe I will decide…”

    #141969
    TommyB
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    Kimi was offered to test Pirelli tyres first but turned it down. That screams to me that he isn’t coming back to F1.

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