Raikkonen to return to F1 in 2012?

By on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kimi Raikkonen at the 2011 Acropolis Rally in Greece

According to Autosport magazine, Kimi Raikkonen is looking to make a return to F1 next season. His managers, the father-son team of David and Steve Robertson, are exploring potential opportunities for the 2007 F1 world champion to make a return to wheel-to-wheel racing.

The Finn is current driving a partial season in the World Rally Championship and most recently finished 6th place at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in Germany. However, Raikkonen has admitted that he is not "interested" in going to the next rally in Australia even though he had previously committed to going there.

Raikkonen continues to try out several forms of motorsport this year, such as NASCAR and Le Mans. He made two outings in the NASCAR series this year with the Kyle Busch Motorsports team. But most recently, according to Kyle Busch, "There is no plan for the future with Kimi. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard from his people.” On Wednesday, Raikkonen tested a Peugeot 908 Le Mans car but Peugeot has not confirmed any plans for him to race in the Le Mans series.

Kimi Raikkonen NASCAR

Kimi Raikkonen driving in the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Open seats in F1 for next year are limited and few teams are able to afford the high salary a driver of Kimi Raikkonen's caliber would demand. Renault appeared to exhibit some interest in Raikkonen last year and there have also been speculations linking Raikkonen to Mark Webber's seat ever since Raikkonen left F1. However, both Renault and Red Bull team managers, Eric Boullier and Christian Horner, have denied any interest in recruiting Raikkonen to drive for their teams.

A potential option for Raikkonen is the Mercedes GP F1 team. As reported earlier, Michael Schumacher is going to test the new 2012 Mercedes DTM car. Mercedes Benz boss Norbert Haug has hinted that a DTM drive could be in Schumacher's future if "Michael no longer wants to drive in Formula 1.” Furthermore, Bruno Spengler announced a couple of days ago that he would be leaving the Mercedes DTM team to drive for BMW next season, which leaves an opening in the 2012 Mercedes DTM line-up for Schumacher, if he chooses to make the move from F1 to DTM.

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