R??ikk??nen denies Renault F1 rumours

Kimi R??ikk??nen has strongly denied rumours he is considering an F1 return with Renault in 2011.

He told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat:

I am very disappointed with how they have used my name for their own marketing. I have never even seriously considered driving for Renault, and I can assure you that I am 100 per cent sure that I will not drive for Renault next season.
Kimi R??ikk??nen

R??ikk??nen’s plans for 2011 have not yet been announced. He is currently driving for the Citroen Junior Team in the World Rally Championship. Team mate Sebastien Ogier will step up from the Junior Team to partner champion Sebastien Loeb next year.

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50 comments on R??ikk??nen denies Renault F1 rumours

  1. Victor. said on 6th October 2010, 9:44

    I’m afraid this means Petrov…

    • Todfod said on 6th October 2010, 22:15

      Yep… the least deserving candidate with the most sponsorship wins again.

      What I found funny was Petrov questioning the possible reasons Renault management have to favour Raikonnen over him.

      If i had to answer that …

      1) He is approximately a second a lap faster than you on any circuit, at any given time.
      2) He makes around 95% lesser errors than you do.
      3) He is a race winner and a WDC.

      For a guy who has been very unimpressive, his sponsorship money has definitely made him very smug.

      • On the other hand Petrov is a young Rookie… Kimi is not exactly known for his great PR ability, and Kimi, if offered a better car or a better salary, would likely jump ship…

        I see your point, But Petrov does have some things going for him…

  2. mario said on 6th October 2010, 10:01

    I’m afraid too, but perhaps next season will be better for Petrov. We can’t forget about experience which he is collecting this year.

  3. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 6th October 2010, 10:14

    So yeh, all that stuff on your website was a Renault marketing scam. Your agent being the one to make the first move was a Renault marketing scan. You’re so disappointed it’s taken you the best part of the week to respond.

    We’re not idiots, Raikkonen. If we’ve jumped to the conclusion you wanted to come back it’s your own fault. Considering the way you left F1, expect many to believe this was really a scam to get more money from Red Bull, since that lovely $17m from Ferrari runs out next year.

    Before I get flamed by Kimi fans, no I don’t believe that. But Raikkonen has no right to play the victim here.

    On the plus side, this means if Petrov doesn’t improve Glock or Sutil can finally move up.

    • Dorian said on 6th October 2010, 10:37

      True, they’re both long overdue to get a shot in a performing car. However they both seem to be dreadfully boring fellows…I hope I’m wrong

    • Turning out like someone said here last week.

      Both sides gained from the ‘marketing scam’ this latest statement is to heighten the media interest one last time, probably job done now and a nice new contract for the WRC

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th October 2010, 14:17

        How true that is. Is it sad or is it clever?

        So now were back to where we were with the rumours last week (one point of interest, if Renault do not want to get Petrov in the Lotus, this might give Chandhok some kind of a chance there).

    • Soumya Banerjee said on 6th October 2010, 12:12

      Well if for you F1 is more about marketing glitz and glamour rather than racing,cant help it.
      Long live Iceman!!!

  4. Electrolite said on 6th October 2010, 10:25

    This is bad really… fans are getting mixed signals and different stories from all over the place, so what are we supposed to believe?

  5. plushpile (@plushpile) said on 6th October 2010, 10:26

    Well our suspicions are confirmed, but it would have been nice to have Kimi back.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th October 2010, 10:41

    If only racing cars were fuelled by your sense of humour, whereby the funnier you were, the faster you would go (bonus points for being unintentionally hilarious). If that were the case, Petrov would be winning races, especially after this gem in his reaction to the Raikkonen rumours:

    “I feel that they are satisfied and pleased with me. A benefit with me, in any case compared to Kimi, is that they don’t have to pay me as much.”

    But maybe I’ve been hanging around the Russians too much. Their sense of humour is starting to rub off on me (“Dune? Sounds dry.”) …

  7. James said on 6th October 2010, 11:41

    I hope this is Kimi trying to lead the media astray so Renault and Kimi can get down to negotiations…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th October 2010, 11:58

      Sorry, but that’s pretty thin. If Raikkonen wanted to talk, he’d send a message to Renault through his manager asking them to stop dropping his name. It would give Kimi a bit more weight in the negotiations. Publicly deriding them for doing it and saying in no uncertain terms that he won’t drive for them does nothing for his cause. Kimi has always been the kind of person who speaks his mind, so if he says something like this, he generally means it. The suggestion that he is collaborating with Renault to stage a comeback is needlessly complex and achieves nothing because there is no logical outcome to it. This will not be a case of Renault signing Raikkonen in a coup de grace to attract more stable long-term spoonsors, because it is already well-known just how good the R30 chassis is, and it will form the basis of the R31. This isn’t Kimi bluffing. This is Kimi folding.

  8. The takings were for weeks why he didn’t denied it a the very moment when it started? I am really dissapointed I thought both Kimi & Kubica would have been a very good team-mates. So the question remains who will seat on the second seat? If Petrov can provide some good result in the last couple of races then it’s him if not then Heidfeld will be a better option.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 6th October 2010, 18:01

      why he didn’t denied it a the very moment when it started?

      Because he was using the hype to leverage his WRC contract with Red Bull for next year, just like Renault was using the situation to leverage all their prospective drivers.

  9. Funkyf1 said on 6th October 2010, 12:01

    OMG, Eric shot himself in the foot, didn’t see that coming! Can we start the Raikkonen to Mercedes rumours up now? Or better still Redbull sponsors Kimi, Lotus just announced they are using Redbull technology next year and are yet to confirm a driver line up = Kimi at Lotus? What about Vettel loses the title, leaves Redbull to join Ferrari, Kimi joins Redbull!
    On a serious note, although Rubens has stated that he is working on next years car for Williams , they are yet to sign him or Hulkenburg. Heidfeld will not retain his Sauber drive for next year, so under no circumstances is Petrovs drive guaranteed.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th October 2010, 12:08

      OMG, Eric shot himself in the foot, didn’t see that coming!

      Given Raikkonen’s comments, it is unlikely he ever intended to drive for the team. Renault may have freely bandied his name about because they knew he wouldn’t race.

      Heidfeld will not retain his Sauber drive for next year, so under no circumstances is Petrovs drive guaranteed.

      Heidfeld won’t race for Renault. One of the reasons why he didn’t join Renault this year is because Kubica didn’t want to race against him again. He moved to Renault because he wanted a change of pace. It stands to reason that he didn’t want the single biggest constant in his career hanging around.

      • jerry b. said on 6th October 2010, 15:11

        from what i understand it wasnt a matter of kubica not wanting to race against nick, it was more a matter of very different driving styles and being hard to develop a car to fit both drivers, it happened before at bmw sauber, another factor was nick asked too much money, eric said kubica was asked for his opinion on nick but the decision was made by the team management

  10. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 6th October 2010, 12:10

    Raikkonen in emotional outburst? Has the world gone mad?

    What next – Michael Schumacher apologising for something? Jenson Button saying that he has enough grip? Martin Brundle standing in line politely?

    • ….. and Alonso saying that he is hoping to win starting from pole. (He never says he is going to win.

  11. Funkyf1 said on 6th October 2010, 12:12

    @Prisoner Monkeys I only hope the R31 is a succession to the R30, but are you forgetting the rule changes to next year. No blown diffusers means a much tighten rear end and total change of chassis. It’s a new ball game for everyone… Who will be the new Adrian Newey?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th October 2010, 12:14

      Adrian Newey.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 6th October 2010, 12:27

      I only hope the R31 is a succession to the R30, but are you forgetting the rule changes to next year. No blown diffusers means a much tighten rear end and total change of chassis.

      Most of Renault’s work this year has focused on the front end. That’s where they’re generating such phenomenal downforce figures from. While aerodynamics is treated as a whole (after all, Virgin couldn’t just cut the VR-01 in half, add in a larger fuel tank and lengthen the car; they have to redesign it), the back end of the R31 – specifically the rear bodywork, which has th most influence over the diffuser – hasn’t changed too much. I think Renault will be fairly safe, and while the R31 won’t improve by leaps and bounds the way the R30 has, nor do I think they’ll go into freefall. Car development tends to follow a convex curve; you might pick up a second with your first upgrade, but only get a tenth of a second with your last. As the chassis’ potential is maximised, there is less room for improvement. The changes between 2010 and 2011 aren’t anything major compared to the changes between 2008 and 2009, and while Renault didn’t exactly weather those admirably, the past has no bearing on the future in Formula 1.

  12. Funkyf1 said on 6th October 2010, 12:36

    I’m with you on that one Keith!

  13. Funkyf1 said on 6th October 2010, 12:41

    If you believe Ross Brawn, it’s all in the tyres.

    • Ah, yes the tyres.

      Maybe you’ve hit on something there ;-)

      Maybe Kimi realises after a year out and the changes to tyre and full tank racing he’d only be running around MSC’s pace…. 10th ish!


  14. UneedAFinn2Win said on 6th October 2010, 16:24

    Here’s Kimis PA, Riku Kuvaja, in a Finnish tabloid http://www.iltalehti.fi/ralli/2010100612472760_ri.shtml

    quick translation:
    “Kimi didn’t worry about it much. It just isn’t gentlemanly of them (Renault) to use an outsiders name in their own marketing, says Riku Kuvaja about the month long rumor of Räikkönen going to drive for the team”
    Has Kimi contacted Renault
    and then he just basically says the same line “we have many options, which we will publish later”

    I think I’ve mentioned here before, if he goes to F1, good, if he stays in Rally, good.

  15. Dakshin said on 6th October 2010, 16:40

    I think Kimi was angry(!) because his Manager’s approach to Renault was to be kept confidential??

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