Is the Ice Man making Michael Schumacher’s mistake in returning to Formula 1?
It is official now. Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn 2007 Formula 1 world champion is coming back. Not with Williams, but Lotus Renault GP. After exploring rallying and even NASCAR, he has now signed a two-year agreement with Lotus Renault GP.
We are huge fans of Kimi, and we are obviously glad the Ice Man is back. But we are kinda worried his return will be like Michale Schumacher’s: a total failure. Kimi himself says his skills and passion have remained intact, even though he’s been away from the sport for like three years. The great Schumi proved that it doesn’t really matter is you are till passionate. You have to be able to keep up with young guns like Vettel and hamilton.
We wish the best of luck for Raikkonen.
Kimi Räikkönen: “I’m delighted to be coming back to Formula 1 after a two-year break, and I’m grateful to Lotus Renault GP for offering me this opportunity. My time in the World Rally Championship has been a useful stage in my career as a driver, but I can’t deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming. It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team’s ambition. Now I’m looking forward to playing an important role in pushing the team to the very front of the grid.”
Gérard Lopez, Genii Capital, Chairman: “All year long, we kept saying that our team was at the start of a brand new cycle. Backstage we’ve been working hard to build the foundations of a successful structure and to ensure that we would soon be able to fight at the highest level. Kimi’s decision to come back to Formula 1 with us is the first step of several announcements which should turn us into an even more serious contender in the future. Of course, we are all looking forward to working with a world champion. On behalf of our staff, I’d like to welcome Kimi to Enstone, a setting that has always been known for its human approach to Formula 1.”