• Jul 18, 2009
Rumors are heating up that Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen will walk away from the grand prix circus at the end of the 2009 season. If the 2007 World Champion does quit, it would free up his seat for two-time champion Fernando Alonso. You'll recall that there's been talk of Alonso making the jump to Ferrari since well before his single unhappy season at McLaren. However, the circumstances have never quite worked out for him.

According to reports from his native Finland, Räikkönen may move over to full time rallying like so many of his compatriots before him. Kimi has already competed in three rallies this year and is set to do another later this month. Räikkönen still has another year left on his contract and Ferrari may end up paying his €28 million salary in order to keep him out of any other F1 seat in 2010.

[Source: GPUpdate]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      May be they are really making room for Loeb at Renault when Alonso goes to Ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprised. Seemed like the type that is more interested in being a celebrity than a driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It wouldn't surprise me. He just hasn't been the same after winning his championship. I've always been a fan of his. I just think he's lost the passion for F1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't blame him if he did lose his passion. Raikkonen was a great driver nonetheless...he can't be judged by his past couple years. I won't be surprised if we see him turn up in rally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They pay Kimi 28 Million Euro's?? Talk about stealing money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the lack of desire he shows nowadays, (if all this is true) why would Ferrari bother to pay 28 mill to stop him driving for another team next year?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't believe this. GPUpdate got that because Finnish media said it. And Finnish media said it because one Italian newspaper continued the rumour of Alonso going to Ferrari based on Spanish newspapers, that are repeating that rumour from 2007.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What has Kimi done this season that's noteworthy? He got more press for wrecking that rally car than any F1 race he's done.

        With all the commotion about Alonso joining Ferrari after this season, this story is quite interesting. Autoblog was smart to claim it as a "REPORT," and not declare it as the gospel.

        It's Journalism. If anyone is going to eat crow if this story goes south, it's gpupdate.com. Even then, they'll be within their journalistic right to SPECULATE what's happening at the end of the season.

        Everybody here needs to lighten up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seb Vettel. Seb Vettel. Seb Vettel. PLEASE. Where did those rumors go?!

      I can't blame Kimi. He has been a great driver in formula 1, and quite a character to boot. Maybe not the typical "Ferrari" driver (and I say that as a Tifosi), but fun to watch and listen to for entertainment value. I loved Schumi as a driver, but lets be honest he showed up, qualified (did 1 fast lap and put the car in the garage), stayed in front the entire race, did the postrace, collected his $$$ and left. Not too much drama (but some damn fun times)

      Favorite memory of Kimi: When his rear wing literally fell off of the car (Mclaren, by the way), causing him to spin. Or is it the time he crashed at monaco and just hopped the fence, got on his yacht and proceeded to booze it up. Good times.

      If he leaves F1, I'll cheer for him in WRC and watch it on HD Theater! :)



      • 5 Years Ago
      So on Autoblog, rumours=set in stone fact?
        • 5 Years Ago
        First word in the article = Rumors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Until I hear it from his mouth, I will wait.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here. He is my favorite though he tends to be unlucky a lot......
      • 5 Years Ago
      good riddance,right decision by Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Raikkonen became bored with F1, Just like most viewers. Rallying would be a much better option.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It wouldn't be a Ferrari decision as Kimi has a contract for 2010 - I think the more correct rumor is that HE may leave after 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kimi is by far the most intriguing personality in F1, regardless of the accuracy of this report, he does appear to have lost his zeal for Formula racing, and it's a shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      with f1 the way it is now... i do not blame him
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