The Formula One team formerly known as Renault and currently racing under the Lotus banner is still feeling the absence of its star driver Robert Kubica. The Polish driver, as you may recall, was severely injured when he crashed his Skoda Fabia S2000 in a rally in Italy two years ago. And now the driver who's keeping his seat warm wants to go rallying, too, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

That driver, of course, is Kimi Raikkonen, the former Formula One World Champion from Finland. The thing is that while Kubica, it could be argued, was merely moonlighting as a rally driver, Raikkonen has a proven track (or off-track) record in rallying. He did, after all, spend the last couple of seasons driving in the top-flight World Rally Championship for front-running team Citroën.

For his part, Raikkonen wasn't looking to contest the entire WRC season while also racing in F1 again, but he wanted to drive in his home stage of Rally Finland this August, a race he's contested every year for the last three. However, due to contract requirements, Raikkonen reportedly won't be allowed to get down and dirty in the race, likely for fear of injury.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, his work, career and responsibility belongs to the F1.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No surprise there. I like that Kimi is game, but also understand that L-R doesn't want to play roulette with their top driver. Again.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Kubica crashed last Feb. hardly two years ago. I wonder what happens when Kubica is ready to race for Lotus again. Grosjean has proven a formidable opponent. There's no way they would release KImi. Decisions...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Robert is not coming back. His hand will never be like it used to be before the accident. There were big headlines three months ago because Robert was able to drive automatic car... There are younger (and arguably better) drivers, like Valtteri Bottas, waiting for their turn. There is zero chance for Kubica to be back in F1 in any of the top teams...
          • 3 Years Ago
          I wouldn't be so sure. Driving an F1 car takes immense mental skill and physical endurance, but actually doesn't take much manual dexterity. All you need to do, really, is click a paddle and push a couple buttons. Your arms and shoulders do most of the fine steering wheel control. Kubica definitely won't be doing surgery, and he might not even be able to sign his name easily, but I wouldn't count him out of a return to racing just yet...
      • 3 Years Ago
      One would also note that Kimi wasn't very proficient in Rally and that he had a fair share of offs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No suprise, Sure Kimi loves the event but after Roberts accident they surely dont wanna take a chance loosing another key driver and potential title holder. not to mention kimi is a bit unsure as what he want to do. one minute nascar next wrc next f1. im sure the dude loves the big payday.