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Contract negotiations in Formula One always come down to a wild card or two. And though we're barely halfway through the current championship, for the coming season, that wild card appears to belong to Kimi Raikkonen.
The 2007 F1 champ defected to the World Rally Championship when he didn't like his options at the end of last season, and since then rumormill has run rampant with speculation of his return to single-seaters. Various reports placed him at Red Bull Racing, Renault or Mercedes GP for 2011, but the latest paddock scuttlebutt suggests he'll stay on the rally stage for at least another year.

Kimi's long-term future remains to be determined, though his partnership with Red Bull (which sponsors his Citroën rally car) ostensibly opens the door for a return with the energy drink's premier F1 team. But based on how things look at the moment, that won't come until 2012 at the earliest, so the rest of the Formula One grid can breathe a little easier for another season.

[Source: Autosport.com Image: Red Bull WRC]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      He appears to be happier in his current role. I'm happy for him. Part of me wishes he'd drive for Renault and stir the pot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If he was doing terrible or something, I could see him making the switch back to F1, but he's running with the top guys, so I don't see why he would want to go back after only one year. With a few more years of experience, I think he has a great shot at making it onto the podium.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just how much i would like to see Raikkonen racing for Mercedes GP. Mercedes GP have openly said that they have discusses with Raikkonen this season, but listening Raikkonen he will stay in WRC at least next season.

      WRC/FIA can thank it's luck that they got driver with F1 second largest fan base even season after he stopped driving for a sport that nowadays got couple of big brands behind and driver like Loeb that have dominated the racing more than Schumacher
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn! I was hoping he would return to F1.