- Sep 14, 2010
Raikkonen reportedly negotiating F1 return with Renault
Kimi contemplates getting back on the horse after a year's hiatus
What's the matter, four world champions on the same grid not enough for you? Well next year could bring even more, if the latest reports pan out.
In addition to world champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher duking it out on circuits around the world this season – never mind the prospects for current championship front-runner Mark Webber – reports are now intensifying that 2007 champ Kimi Raikkonen could be back in F1 as soon as next season.
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So what's holding up the deal? Apparently Renault is waiting to see if its current #2 driver Vitaly Petrov can improve his form enough to retain his seat. That's right: they'd rather have a rookie than a proven world champion. Petrov's home country of Russia, you see, is a vital market for Renault, and the commercial benefits and potential he brings to the team could be worth more to the French automaker than winning a world championship. Sigh.
[Source: Autosport | Image: Juha Sorri/AFP/Getty]