Kimi Raikkonen for 2010 Fiat WRC team?

An article in the Financial Times claims Fiat could enter the World Rally Championship in 2010:

Two car manufacturers, believed to be Fiat and Volkswagen, are on the verge of joining Citro??n and Ford in the World Rally Championship (WRC), says its chief executive.

Fiat currently races in the rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. As SJ of Formula 1 blog points out, it doesn’t take a leap of imagination to place Kimi Raikkonen in one of the WRC cars.

The Ferrari driver has dabbled in rallying this year, contesting the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship two weeks ago, where he impressed before crashing out.

He drove an Abarth Grande Punto in the event – a car built by Fiat and tuned by Abarth. Fiat also own Ferrari, which should make it easier to transfer his contract. Recent rumours have suggested the team is trying to buy Raikkonen out of his 2010 race deal for an eight-figure dollar sum.

Raikkonen has said he enjoys rallying and Ferrari have clearly been willing to allow him to indulge in it despite the obvious dangers – the team hardly needs two injured drivers. Putting Raikkonen in a WRC Fiat in 2010 may provide a neat exit strategy allowing Ferrari to bring in Fernando Alonso for 2010 alongside Felipe Massa.

Do you think Raikkonen might leave Ferrari to go rallying? Do you think he should?

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44 comments on Kimi Raikkonen for 2010 Fiat WRC team?

  1. djdaveyp said on 18th August 2009, 22:00

    Yes and Yes! You can see his heart isn’t in it anymore.

    • Kimi said on 19th August 2009, 6:30

      if you’d watched the last race you would see he was there with heart and mind! No other driver was so pumped up, eager and driving on the limit the whole weekend as he was!He squeezed everything possible from that F60 and you should give him some credit!

      It’s just some blind Kimi bashers that don’t see things like that. you just see what you wan’t to see so you can say his heart isn’t in it…so what if he does rallying in his free time?He blows off some steam and get’s back behind the wheel. I’m sure after the WRC outing, he’ll be even more pumped up for F1 races to come. You just watch and see.

      And obviusly you forgot about last years races like Spain (where he was a class above all whole weekend), Spa, Canada and France. And if his heart isn’t in it, how can you explain he managed to even MS’ fastest laps record and drive better qualifying with more fuel than Massa.

      Stop for a second, disengage your hostilness and enjoy his racing and you’ll see it isnt as bad as you blindly claim.

      • Kimi, i couldn’t agree more!

        • Keith is the next FIA president! said on 19th August 2009, 17:18

          ME TOO GO KIMI!

          • djdaveyp said on 19th August 2009, 20:52

            I wouldn’t class myself as a kimi basher to be honest. I generally write quite balanced replies, was in a rush with that one. Maybe I didn’t phrase it correctly, but Kimi has been blowing hot and cold for a while, he was good last time out but he also had enough at malaysia and grabbed an ice cream!

      • varun said on 20th August 2009, 16:22

        dude we need a consistent driver not one who is in his own class one day and the next day hes no where…….every race this season Massa out classed Kimi…..What does that say?

        • todd said on 21st August 2009, 5:28

          i think kimi gives 100%

          it just looks like he’s only there 50% because of his personality.

        • you must be blind. Kimi has outqualified Massa this year and has more podiums….Massa’s podium came from strategy only. the fanboyism is rediculous.

    • yes it is….one of the only ones. Massa doesnt, massa is all about him when he wins and loses its the teams fault. He didnt even thank Kimi for giving him a chance to win drivers championship last year. Massa is overrated due to the fact that he always qualifies low fuel and gets best qualifying strategy going last. He cant pass AT ALL. Kimi has done more this year, but Massa gets a podium do to strategy and all of a sudden hes outpacing Kimi the whole year…not to mention Kimis dnfs. Massa fanboys and Alonso faboys are really like to hit @ kimi on this site.

    • no way... said on 26th October 2009, 14:24

      Noooooo…don’t go fiat wrc team…in 2010.

      Without kimi raikkonen in Ferrari i wouldnt suport them anymore..

      kimi dont u want to win another world champion?????anymore?

      Are u giving up so easily?

      Afraid of losing out?

      But a piece of advice for you…have no regrets…i respect your decision…

  2. chaostheory said on 18th August 2009, 22:24

    Oh no. Losing one of the best drivers on the grid won’t be good. He should race for another 10 years unless he feels he dont love it anymore.

  3. Jacky Bobo said on 18th August 2009, 22:29

    Hero to Zero…get rid of him!

    • mfDB said on 19th August 2009, 1:59

      a zero?

      Hamilton – 19 pts
      Raikkonen – 18 pts
      Alonso – 13 pts

      So I guess all three are zeros and we should get rid of all of them……

      I think it would be a shame to get rid of him.

  4. Hammad said on 18th August 2009, 23:25

    Yes he should go…

  5. schumifan said on 18th August 2009, 23:40

    I doub’t he will go rallying, because he’s to young to leave formula 1 and to old to switch to a different category. No formula 1 driver, that won at least one championship didn’t retire at 30, and frankly every driver agrees that rallying is totally diferent and Kimi would need a couple years to get used to the whole different concept of the series (how to rely on the co-driver).
    Even if Fiat comes to WRC and Kimi switches, i’m sure he will blow Fiat off completly and take a far more competitive Ford or even Citroen instead.

    He shouldn’t switch, he’s a top formula 1 racer, and a very welcome sight between all those ironed out, polite for the media drivers. He’s a blast from the past and it’s good to have a driver like him on track. He shows he’s human, and he gives a clear message, to enjoy life and do what makes you happy. ******** stories that he isn’t himself are just a product of yealous people, that wanted Massa to win the title after Schumacher, but then Kimi came and took the glory despite Massa’s upper hand in the team. Not even Alonso drives like he drove in 2004-2005, and the reason for that are the changes of formula 1 cars. he enjoys life and he’s still better than most of the **** heads that push for the top. A lot of drivers ride bikes, or go rallying, so i don’t know what the fuss was all about his rallys? karting is dangerous too. people get killed in karting too, or they get hurt and there is a prejudice to Kimi rallying…People get injured playing tennis and most of the drivers play tennis. Kimi just had some bad luck in 2008. i mean come on…this is his 3rd year at Ferrari and he won a title allready and they would blow him off? I wouldn’t doubt it, if he’d been there for 8-10 years with only 1 title, while the car would be title winning for at least 5. 2007 he won the title, 2008 he had a lot of bad luck and was beaten by Massa because Kimi had more technical problems, and this year…the car just aint it. When the car gets better Kimi will win the title, while Massa at his best obviusly can’t (if he was so much better in 2008). Mark my words, Kimi will win another title in F1, before Massa does! you Kimi haters just face it…you want him out, because he’s too much of a competition.
    Can you imagine how the history would go, if Ferrari lost patience in Schumacher after 2 years?. media report that Alonso signed to switch to Ferrari mid 2008…come one!!use your brain, the car was obiusly bad and even if it was Kimi’s slip up, he won a title. Prepare for a shock…Kimi will stay in F1 and Ferrari, no payoff will occur. Domenicalli said “trust the team and facts, not speculation” i advice you listen to that!His heart is here, it’s just the bad publicity he’s getting. come on…his car fails and he gets bashed for driving into the garage and getting out of the wet clothes. people..he’s a top driver, you’re just expecting him to do miracles, when nobody can’t.

  6. I think it’s time for Kimi to leave F1. He’s been one of the best drivers of the decade, but his legacy is already fading. Maybe a shot in the WRC would see him reclaim his form.

  7. wasiF1 said on 19th August 2009, 1:53

    Its tough to tell, you dont know about ICEMAN.
    May be he will race in F1 for 2010 then leave.
    But will Ferrari put two world champion contender on the same team.ALONSO VS MASSA!

    • yes, and if ferrari got their way with 3cars (i don’t see it happening, but lets indulge in the hypothetical) could you imagine a MS, Alonso, Massa combo. It could be very entertaining indeed.
      As for kimi, he has a wdc, and had a good time in F1, and been very well remunerated. If he cannot follow his heart, who can?

    • I don’t think Massa will be a consistent WDC contender in the future, not next to Alonso anyway.

  8. If Raikkonen wants to do Rally, and Fiat want to enter the WRC, then it makes perfect sense to have him drive for Fiat.

    I don’t think he should stay in F1 if he isn’t interested in it anymore. After all you have do what makes you happy, and I would guess any proper racer, would want to race what makes them happy, rather than what makes them the most money.

    Having an ex F1 driver in the WRC would be good to raise the profile of rallying, which is good. It’s still motorsport after all.

    • Kherubim said on 19th August 2009, 6:51

      Speaking as a Raikkonen fan, I think if he has a chance to go to the WRC, by all means he should.

      His form book has been really spotty, even from race to race in years when he was doing rather well… Only in 2005 and 2007 did we actually see his true form.

      For him, the battle seems to be won and lost on Friday, if his engineer and mechanics can’t find a way to give him a well balanced grippy setup, he either fades away on Saturday and Sunday, or bins it during the race.

  9. Superbus said on 19th August 2009, 3:56

    I hope he stays for one more year; it’s easy to see that he still has his talent, and I think he should make good use of it in Formula 1.

    But he would need to get the passion with which he raced before.

    • Kimi said on 19th August 2009, 6:40

      he was doing great in the McLaren, because the car is leaning towards overstear, Ferrari is an understeery car so he isn’t coping with that to weel since his style makes best use of understeering car. In second half of 2007 they made the car more to his liking and it showed, but in 2008 they were affraid that the car would just melt off the rear tyres if it was oversteering since the TC was banned again. So they made the car even more undesteery and it didn’t do him any favours. Maybe next year, when refuelling is banned, the car will be more oversteery in the first stint and i think it should help Kimi. in 2008 Ferrari also had trouble warming up the tyres (the very same problem that troubled Schumachers campaign back in 2005) and Kimi started races at the back of the grid and with overtaking being so hard these last years, he was stuck. It’s the same now, but next year it could be different – he has a good car in the first part, and has a reasonably good car in the other parts, when the fuel gets low (i think there will be a lot of downofrce on the rear when fuel tank is empty, so i imagine they’ll put less rear wing on the back for the first part). We shall see. I hope F1 get’s a grip and Kimi get’s a good car, so he amazes all and leaves F1 with a freshly won title

  10. Arun Srini said on 19th August 2009, 7:36

    Why is it so different these days compared to some decades ago when drivers like Sir Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart raced in f1, f2, Indy 500, Millie Miglia and even saloon cars in the same year?
    I would love to see Kimi in both forms, he brings a ‘quiet giant’ charisma to the sport and I love his driving.

  11. I’d like Raikkonen to stay in F1, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he went rallying fulltime next year. Starting with FIAT could be good for a learning year and then see what his options are for 2011, or would he want to go straight into a top team.

  12. I think he is much more excited about rallying than F1, and he should go for that reason if he gets the chance.

  13. Steph90 said on 19th August 2009, 11:37

    Kimi’s one of the most naturally talented racers out there so whatever he does it’ll be entertaining though he will be missed from f1 if he goes despite this season being very mixed for him.
    I read somewhere he wants to stay in f1 for another year with his manager being spotted coming out of the Brawn motor home… Unlikely that move will happen but it makes me imagine a massive train of drivers by that Nico moves to Mclaren, Rubens takes his seat at Williams, Kimi to Brawn, Alonso in his ferrari which allows Kubica to move to Renault:P

  14. what a cliche…someone comes here to talk down on Kimi’s attitude and he says he’s his fan, to try and gain some credibility. True fans don’t just give up like that.

  15. Steph90 said on 19th August 2009, 14:54


    what a cliche…someone comes here to talk down on Kimi’s attitude and he says he’s his fan, to try and gain some credibility.

    Well first I’m a ‘she':P. Apologise for any offense but I like Kimi, not 100per cent his fan but can’t deny his talent, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to blindly say that every race he does is brilliant when it blanantly isn’t the case.

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