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Post by sarnee_ice » 22 Sep 2011, 07:49

:pray:
http://www.espnstar.com/editorial/news/ ... an-return/

Slater: Will the Ice Man return?
ESPNSTAR.com columnist Steve Slater gets to the bottom of that Kimi Raikkonen rumour.
By Steve Slater

As all eyes turn to the floodlit streets of Singapore for the fourth running of Formula One's only night race, some interesting rumours from Europe have travelled the 16,000 kilometres or so to the Marina Bay street circuit paddock. One of the most interesting has been the reported sighting of 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at the Williams F1 team headquarters at Grove in Oxfordshire.
Was he just sight-seeing? Visiting old friends? Or could he have been discussing a comeback drive with the British team?
Kimi drove for Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari driver before heading, disillusioned and bored, away from Formula One to attack the special stages of the World Rally Championship with a Red Bull-backed Citroen.
Attack is most definitely the best word to use, as both the scenery and the car bodywork have regularly born the scars of ‘The Icemans' no-holds-barred approach, even if he hasn't seen the podium, or even the finish line too often.
Maybe Kimi is getting bored with having to pick bits of tree out of his overalls, because earlier in the summer he headed out to the United States to sample NASCAR oval racing. In typical Kimi style, he chose one of the most intimidating tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway, at which to make his Nationwide Cup debut.
Kimi thundered around the banked oval track pretty impressively. A lap at an average of 292 km/h put his ‘Perky Jerky' (seriously) Toyota Camry half way up the 42 car starting grid, just a second off the pace of NASCAR front-runners Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Despite rubbing the concrete wall a couple of times Kimi finished his debut race 27th. However since that race in May he hasn't been back. Perhaps the Perky Jerky dried beef didn't agree with him.
For Williams F1, enduring the worst racing season in their 36-year history, it must have felt like quite a complement to have a former World Champion making a house call. Kimi might see a new challenge in both returning to Formula One and helping a team such as Williams regain their former glory.
Despite Kimi Raikkonen's mono-syllabic performances in press conferences, Kimi has always been highly regarded by his race engineers. The Finn has a rare ability to deliver quick concise and accurate information on exactly what the car is doing. And better still for the engineers, he then leaves them to work on the solutions and unlike many drivers, actually listens to their advice.
However the Finn might want to look at Michael Schumacher, whose return at Mercedes has certainly been dulled by having to struggle with an uncompetitive car. One asks how long might Kimi persevere if the team wasn't performing. I guess that Frank Williams and Patrick Head might be mulling over that thought too.
It seems that despite their lack of results this season, there is no shortage of driver interest in the team. Veteran Rubens Barrichello, who this weekend clocks up his 317th Grand Prix start in Singapore, is keen to stay with the team if they offer him a contract for 2012.
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado has brought both pace and a healthy sponsorship budget from the Venezuelan oil industry and, despite strenuous denials from his management team, Adrian Sutil was also reported to have been seen at the Grove factory. He too brings both pace and budget, as the conduit to current Force India sponsor Medion.
Force India currently has three drivers chasing the two race seats for 2012. Paul di Resta has close links with engine supplier Mercedes and super-fast test driver Nico Hulkenberg could well be poised to take over a race seat.
It would therefore be logical for Sutil to look at his options. Or maybe as his management team tell us, he was never there. Or might the Williams F1 base just be becoming one of Britain's top tourist attractions?

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Post by Suomileijona » 22 Sep 2011, 14:18

sleenster wrote:
Suomileijona wrote:
iceman1 wrote:No F1 return for Kimi Raikkonen
news/no-f1-return-for-kimi-raikkonen/9030/


I vouldn't beleive what IS writes. I'm waiting for Heikki Kulta's article on this and finally Kimi's announcement
... :)

I think we're gonna be waiting for a looooooong time for Kimi to announce anything :lol:


Cute comic :D
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Yeah, cute comic! :lol: :lol: Not in very good shape that Williams F1!


Now many Finnish media tell that Kimi isn't going to join Rally Spain. And after a while some of them are telling that yes, Kimi will join Rally Spain... :80:

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Post by luieluv » 22 Sep 2011, 15:19

BBC reporting too.

- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula ... 024539.stm

Sad that saraholtf1 tweeted as if kimi is desperate to come back and he is not needed back
" The Ice Man Cometh? Er, again? Kimi Raikkonen is keen on a Williams seat in 2012."

And thanks sleen for the pic and news.
So its gonna be a mix of Ravishing Black and White for Kimi Raikkonen this season

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Post by Anelise » 22 Sep 2011, 17:27

Thanks luieluv! :cool:

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Post by luieluv » 22 Sep 2011, 17:35

And here comes Autosport story.

Barrichello untroubled by speculation linking Kimi Raikkonen to his Williams seat
By Jonathan Noble and Edd Straw Thursday, September 22nd 2011, 17:07 GMT

Rubens Barrichello says he is not going to waste time worrying about losing his place in Formula 1, amid mounting speculation that Kimi Raikkonen is pushing to replace him at Williams next year.

It is understood that Raikkonen visited the Williams factory ahead of the Italian Grand Prix for talks with the team, as the former world champion eyes a return to racing in 2012.

Although sources suggest that Williams is chasing a sponsor-backed driver to be team-mate to Pastor Maldonado in 2012, a tie-up with Raikkonen could also be financially attractive because it could lure fresh backers.

Williams has so far declined to comment on the Raikkonen situation, and confirmed only that the Finn paid a 'private' visit to the factory recently for unspecified reasons.

Barrichello is keen to remain at the outfit in 2012, and said he was not getting distracted by the suggestions that Raikkonen is keen to land an F1 return with Williams.

"Right now is a big time for rumours and there is no point," said Barrichello ahead of the Singapore GP. "My Twitter [account] is going crazy with people asking things.

"Whatever people say about me is not true, so I cannot rely on other information about other drivers. Whenever I meet with my family, they ask me crazy things that they read in the press. To say something now will make more fuss.

"But definitely I want to be racing next year. That's my point. I feel better prepared than at any other time."

He added: "Williams has unfortunately not given me a good car yet and the moving forward means that we should stick together with a good and better car next year.

"There are a lot of changes and the less changes you make on the driver side, the more opportunity you get. A good example is Ferrari - they do better because if they have good drivers they continue.

"I have had a fantastic 19 years [in F1] and I want to do my 20th. If everything goes well, I will do my 20th."

Maldonado's place at Williams next year is assured, thanks to the team's sponsorship contract with Venezuelan oil company PDVSA.

AUTOSPORT understands that next year's deal could be worth between £21 million and £29.4 million depending on the level of logo exposure PDVSA has on the car.

Other drivers believed to be on Williams' shortlist for next year who have funds behind them include Bruno Senna, Adrian Sutil and Giedo van der Garde.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/94718
So its gonna be a mix of Ravishing Black and White for Kimi Raikkonen this season

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Post by NewF1Boy » 22 Sep 2011, 17:53

I see Barrichello and Alonso are not happy :lol:
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Post by luieluv » 22 Sep 2011, 18:28

NewF1Boy wrote:I see Barrichello and Alonso are not happy :lol:
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:lol: :lol:
Great pic for a super rumor :thumbsup:
So its gonna be a mix of Ravishing Black and White for Kimi Raikkonen this season

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Post by icemaid » 22 Sep 2011, 23:24

FA : What's this talk about Kimi & Williams??

RB : Dont know.

FA : Hmm...can't be.

RB: Er...maybe I can also make a return...to Ferrari, promise to be no.2 just like in the old days...

FA : Noooooooooooooooooooo!

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Post by NewF1Boy » 23 Sep 2011, 17:30

James Allen wrote about it too
Kimi Raikkonen is on the verge of signing a deal to return to F1 with Williams.

The 2007 world champion has been in discussions with the team for several weeks, following a recent visit to the factory in Grove. Sources suggest that discussions are going the right way and they are now close to a deal.

It is understood that the Finn, who will be 32 next month, is keen to get back into F1 competition after two years on the sidelines in rallying. The timing is significant as Williams are on the look out for a bold move to boost the team and Raikkonen can see that the F1 driver landscape is likely to change a lot at the end of 2012 and a strong season, reminding everyone what he can do, might open some doors.

Michael Schumacher’s comeback is both a positive example, but also a warning to the Finn as it took the seven times champion some time to get up to speed. Raikkonen has kept sharp by competing in world rally for the past two seasons, but at the same time he will take a while to get fully up to speed with the Pirelli F1 tyres. All his rivals will have a year’s experience on them.

From Williams’ point of view, team boss Adam Parr will want to make a bold move after a season to forget in 2011. He has hired a new technical team, led by Mike Coughlan, with Dr Mark Gillan (who is here in Singapore) in charge of race operations and Jason Sommerville as chief aerodynamicist. His other options are to retain Rubens Barrichello, hire a known quantity like Heikki Kovalainen or go for a rookie alongside Pastor Maldonado. Or he could wait to see whether a Robert Kubica comeback might dislodge Bruno Senna from Renault. Rumours of a connection with Adrian Sutil have been firmly denied on both sides.

One thing is for sure, Williams are likely to finish 9th in the Constructors’ Championship this year and that will mean a shortfall in prize money and sponsor bonus money.

However most major sponsor contracts have a clause where they pay more if a world champion comes to the team and that may be another factor to encourage the Raikkonen move, particularly if his wage demands are reasonable.

Hiring Raikkonen would be a very bold statement from Williams as he is a world champion and an 18 times race winner. He certainly has the speed and the skills to compete with the best in F1, will certainly get some eye catching results and his name might also help attract a sponsor or two, although he is not known for being keen on promotional appearances. For F1 it would mean that there would be 6 world champions in the field of 24 drivers, which has never happened before in its 61 year history. The feeling in the paddock is that it would be a good thing, if it happens.

The possible question mark with Raikkonen is motivation; he seemed to have run out of motivation in his final season with Ferrari in 2009 and driving what is likely to be a midfield car, even if it is a regular points challenger, he will be seeking to prove a point rather than win races.

One key relationship he will not have to develop from scratch is with new Williams technical director Mike Coughlan, who worked with the Finn at McLaren from 2002 until his move to Ferrari in 2006. They know each other well.

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Post by sleenster » 23 Sep 2011, 17:32

Holy sh***t! :blink: Now James Allen is reporting it :blink:

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Post by amoljoshi » 23 Sep 2011, 18:12

sleenster wrote:Holy sh***t! :blink: Now James Allen is reporting it :blink:

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Post by sarnee_ice » 23 Sep 2011, 18:14

williams is a bad team :( but i hope the news is true because it makes me so happy to think kimi is back in f1 !yahoo:

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Post by Anelise » 23 Sep 2011, 19:23

sarnee_ice wrote:williams is a bad team :( but i hope the news is true because it makes me so happy to think kimi is back in f1 !yahoo:

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Post by sammyosammy » 23 Sep 2011, 21:07

sarnee_ice wrote:williams is a bad team :( but i hope the news is true because it makes me so happy to think kimi is back in f1 !yahoo:
Ouccey

Williams is a bad team????

25 per cent WDC`s won by finns are won with Williams :zz:

edit: and he ain`t back. Won`t believe it before seeing him on the grid at Albert Park



(sorry)

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Post by sarnee_ice » 24 Sep 2011, 08:02

bad team = not good enough for kimi :p

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