Whitmarsh and Domenicali tell Williams: “sign Raikkonen”

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Raikkonen scored his last win for Ferrari at Spa in 2009

Principals from two teams who Kimi Raikkonen won races for advised Frank Williams to sign the former world champion.

McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh and Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali gave the advice to Williams in today’s press conference.

Whitmarsh said: “Try and sign him. Kimi, we all know he is quick.

“I think people underestimate how intelligent he can be. I hope that he is hungry. I am sure he hasn?t lost the capability to thrill us in Formula 1 so I think it would be fantastic for Formula 1.

“I wouldn?t ordinarily presume to advise Sir Frank who he should sign but I think it would be exciting if he did.”

Domenicali added: “Of course, I would not give any advice to Frank. He has long experience. A lot longer than me.

“For sure, I know Kimi very well. He is very talented, very strong, and if he wants to come back he has something that wants to show to everyone about him, about the fact that he was the last driver to win the world championship with us and he will want to show he is still one of the strongest.”

Frank Williams would not be drawn on speculation he could hire the 2007 world champion, saying: “I cannot make any comment about supposition.”

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62 comments on Whitmarsh and Domenicali tell Williams: “sign Raikkonen”

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th November 2011, 9:26

    I really don’t want to see him at Williams. I know it’s all things change there next year but I just can’t see them giving him a worthy car to be honest.

    I would love him back in the sport though.

  2. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 12th November 2011, 9:50

    Raikkonen would be a much better choice than Barrichello. He’s washed up and was never really the best there was; and has had plenty of chances to prove himself, but failed.

    As for Sutil, I don’t really rate him that much. I believe that both Di Resta and Hulkenberg have more to offer and I hope to see them in the seats of the Force India next year.

    Don’t even get me started on Maldonado, I don’t like him, I don’t rate him and I want to see Raikkonen show him up completely.

  3. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 12th November 2011, 12:12

    From another point of view, Grosjean seemed to do quite well in FP1 yesterday, considering he hasn’t had much time with the R31 (only a straightline test). So would it be a step too far to assume that Kimi would not be too troubled adapting to the 2011 cars from the 2009 ones? Grosjean has been in single seaters pretty much the whole time whereas Kimi has been in everything else though.

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