Lopez: Raikkonen will disprove doubters

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In the round-up: Gerard Lopez says Kimi Raikkonen will prove his motivation on his F1 return next year.


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38 comments on Lopez: Raikkonen will disprove doubters

  1. Grammo (@grammo) said on 4th December 2011, 21:09

    I just don’t want to see podiums like we had in the naughties, that were more like funerals. The flags were more interesting.

  2. themagicofspeed (@) said on 5th December 2011, 22:29

    Why would he want to come back?
    Bored, skint, desperate, tempted by wages. Thats the only things i can think of, and i doubt its wages – he was on a 5 year contract at Ferrari worth 51million, and was by a country mile the highest paid driver in F1, theres no way Renault will be paying him that much, so he will have taken a massive pay cut, which (maybe) confirms his motivation, but i think he is probably bored.

    Kimi HATES the commercial/corporatised nature of F1, and Renault has more sponsors than i dont know who, so he will be over run with PR work, which he will detest.
    Renault are not in a position to provide him a competitive car now or in the forseeable future, so if he thought the F2009 was a crapbox, he’s in for a shock..
    Eric Boullier isn’t known for his compassionate approach to driver relations, so Kimi could end up falling out with him too.

    I can’t see this lasting. If you are not motivated by being a World Champion, in arguably the most coveted seat in F1 (Ferrari #1), then what will?

    • The Limit said on 6th December 2011, 18:14

      Great point! The problem Raikkonen had at Ferrari was that he was the driver who had to fill Schumacher’s role at the team, a team that Michael had help rebuild for a decade.
      Everytime your saw the Ferrari garage on tv, there was Schumacher in the background, lurking around and that must have been annoying to Kimi. When Alonso left McLaren in 2007, the Ferrari rumours started about Fernando joining the Scuderia. From then on, it was downhill. I suspect that Raikkonen knew, for longer than most realise, that Ferrari had already decided on Alonso and that his cards had been marked. There is no doubting the fact that Raikkonen has talent, and when he is on his game he can beat anybody out there. At Ferrari I think things turned sour very quickly after Kimi’s title win in 2007. Lets not forget one thing, Michael Schumacher was shown the door to make way for Raikkonen in 2006! So this is not unprecedented.
      Lotus obviously hope they have made the right choice in signing Kimi, time will tell.

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