• Jun 3, 2010
Every F1 season has its wild cards, but in his typical style, few have proven as wild as Kimi Raikkonen. When Ferrari cut his contract short at the end of last season, the 2007 world champion – who came within spitting distance of stealing the title in 2003 and 2005 too – shocked the motor racing world when he simply packed his helmet and switched disciplines to the World Rally Championship.

Now learning the rally ropes with highly-rated promise, Raikkonen is still proving the wildest of wild cards for next season and beyond. As a contracted Red Bull driver in the WRC, speculation has been rampant that the "Ice Man" could make his triumphant return to the grand prix scene behind the wheel of a Red Bull F1 car.

Infamously resistant to interviews, the Finn refused to comment on his next career move, but the brakes seem to have been put on the rumors when Red Bull Racing chief Christian Horner nixed the idea. However, the team's influential "advisor" Helmut Marko – himself a former F1 driver and Le Mans winner – is reportedly in favor of replacing current championship leader Mark Webber – whose contract expires at the end of this season – with Raikkonen. Kimi's manager isn't ruling anything out, neither committing his client to another season in the WRC nor refuting the possibility of his return to F1.

So could Raikkonen be back in single-seaters with Red Bull next season? Entirely too early to say for sure, especially with reports that Felipe Massa is slated to stay with Ferrari, thereby closing that door for Webber. But for a talent as versatile as Kimi's, the sky is the proverbial limit.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I recommend a weight loss program. What happened to him?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...drinking his endorsements, I guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I couldn't dream of looking as fit as this guy does if I drank even half as much alcohol as he does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, hopefully a haircut is the next move the 'Ice Man' makes because that's not working for him.

      It used to be a game of Mike S., Kimi and Massa, but then Mike retired and Lewis H. popped up and started dominating. I think he still has a lot to offer F1 so hopefully he'll eventually come back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Raikkonen wouldn't go back to F1 just to play second fiddle to Vettel, so driving for Red Bull (F1) seems implausible.

      What seems more likely is Raikkonen playing the role of Michael J. Fox in an upcoming biopic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stay in rallying.

      F1 is for prima donnas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope this guy gets tired of dragonning and comes back F1 at least for a short while
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on people. there is enough shallowness in the world. Does a racer's weight really need to be discussed if it is not the subject of the post? Seriously...
        • 4 Years Ago
        amen to that. Its camera angle knob jockys. W.T.F would kimis weight (if he had issues) have to do with his driving capabilities. would like to c all commenters
        • 4 Years Ago
        When your wearing a racing suit with the collar ending at your chin, you'd probably look like a fat ass too. If anything Kimi has been doing more work since being in rally.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In F1 it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Helmut Marko is a senile old git that has little concept of modern F1, or even reality, if his efforts to blame last weekend's collision on Webber are any indication. He had to make a statement a day later retracting the blame. If he thinks replacing the current championship leader with a guy who couldn't even beat Felippe Massa (and is MUCH more expensive), maybe Red Bull should consider replacing him with a team adviser who has a clue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is the picture, and maybe even the way AB displays them.
      this guy is one of the fitest people on the planet.
      ...........are we really talking about this...........?
      I would love to see him in a RBR car -
      - I would also love to see Webber win this year, which would prob nix the idea of Kimi in an RBR chassis
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would love to see him back in F1. I was really hoping that his move to RBR F1 Racing would have been a bit more obvious. I think the type of company RBR is would really suit him, and probably more so than Ferrari. Can't believe he was ever at McLaren...

        GO KIMI!
      • 4 Years Ago
      During Kimi's McLaren days and his early time at Ferrari he drove like a mad man. One of the best there was. But after he won his championship he just seemed to lollygag it after that. He would set fastest lap of the race with only 4 or 5 laps left.

      I would like to see him lose that flat billed hat he wears. Can't stand that look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He does look kinda bloated. I hope it's just the angle or something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was pretty clear he was unhappy/bored in F1 why would he come back?
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