Over the course of his nine seasons on the Formula One grid, Kimi Raikkonen only drove for a handful of teams, making his debut with Sauber before switching to McLaren in only his second season, then to Ferrari after five seasons for another three more that included his solitary World Championship. But since his departure two years ago, the Finnish driver has been linked to more teams than he ever drove for in the first place.

Rumors have had him plotting his return with Renault, Red Bull, Toyota, Mercedes GP and even a test role with Pirelli. All this in addition to competing in the World Rally Championship, NASCAR, and potentially at Le Mans, making the 2007 World Champion arguably the most versatile – and enigmatic – pro driver in the world. But while previous negotiations have apparently all failed (or failed to satisfy his conditions) they're not about to die. At least the rumors won't.

The latest reports place Raikkonen at Williams, the team reportedly confirming that it recently hosted the former champ at its headquarters in Grove, England. Of course, that doesn't mean that Kimi has signed with the once-great team, but we can't imagine him sightseeing in the British midlands without purpose, either.

It's no great secret that Williams – wielder of seven Drivers' Titles, nine Constructors' Championships and 113 grand prix victories – is very far from its glory days, but with a new engine supply deal with Renault and an injection of fresh management and cash, there's no telling how quickly the team could find its pace once again. Especially with a proven talent like Raikkonen behind the wheel.


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      Rob Cook
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well he would certainly introduce a fresh round of dull and quiet to Williams but if he's fast I'll take the mumble mouthed Finn over the retirement bound Barrichello.
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Replace Webber with Raikkonen.
        SuperSkyline89
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Webber just sucks at race starts, for the rest of the race he's very good. I'd rather see Raikkonen replace someone at Williams and help the team become worth watching throughout the Grand Prix as opposed to only seeing them when someone is passing them or they crash. Williams goes mostly unnoticed in races and that's sad when you consider their history.
          Mundotaku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SuperSkyline89
          With someone I hope you mean MALdonado.
          Myself
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SuperSkyline89
          "Webber just sucks at race starts, for the rest of the race he's very good." Well, he's very good SOMETIMES and usually not when it matters. He's over-rated in British press, where we get the most F1 news from as it's written in English, because he's Australian but the gap between him and Vettel and Webber is bigger than gap between Schumacher and Barichello or Schumi and Massa. You need to bear in mind that Webber is much more experience than Vettel and shouldn't be that behind given the fact that both have same machinery and Vettel's position in the Red Bull is nowhnere near as exclusive as was Schumi's position in Ferrari. Ferrari were happy to let Irvine lose championship only because it wouldn't be Schumi to bring the title home.
      chan625
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think F1 will be interested in kimi as before. He is doing fairly well in WRC so why not just keep pushing. He should've settled the issue with McLaren and stayed with the sport. He made a grave error. Hoppers never suit F1 very much. I don't think this is happening for 2012 season at least, after that who knows, he might sneak into music chairs when they start... For now its just too much global warming for the Iceman
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      GOD I hope so. I would actually have someone to root for again. I was all about Kimi when he was with Scuderia. Coming to Williams would be a life saver for the team. Don't get me wrong. Rubens is a good driver. But he's on his last legs when it comes to driving. Would be nice to see someone challenge this little German brat named after the kid in The Never Ending Story.
      Hashiryu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh God, please let it be true.....