• Jul 5th 2010 at 7:58AM
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Kimi Raikkonen hasn't been connected to an Italian manufacturer in Formula One since leaving Ferrari at the end of last season, but that could change if the latest reports are accurate.

Pirelli was recently confirmed as the official tire supplier for F1 starting next season. As such, it'll need to evaluate different compounds and other information to get up to speed. To do so, Pirelli will need an experienced and up-to-date F1 driver to carry out these tests. Since most of the sport's qualified drivers are currently tied to a racing team, and given the mid-season test ban currently imposed by the FIA, even picking one outfit's test driver (like Mercedes GP's Nick Heidfeld, as was rumored) would give that team an unfair advantage.

As a recently departed F1 driver still competing at a top level (and a recent world champion at that), Kimi Raikkonen could prove to be Pirelli's most attractive option. (Plus, Kimi's running Pirelli rubber on his WRC car.) Preliminary tests are expected to be carried out on a decommissioned F1 car and/or a current GP2 car (for which Pirelli's also recently been awarded the contract) before tires are delivered to the teams for testing once the current season concludes.

[Source: ESPN]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      No lie, if this actually happens, it might also snow in key west this August!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Renault will sign this mofo up for 2011MY. Then again he'll probably ask for way too much bling to take Vitaly's spot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Petrov has impressed enough to retain his seat. Kimi is old news now, and he's off in a Finnish forest rallying anyway.

        Mind you, it's not like we haven't seen the odd former champion return to the sport.

        F1 is exciting me these last few seasons more than it did for the previous decade.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's also a blog and not some bimonthly newspaper. If you can't be within a few days news on a blog there really is no point in even posting the info.