Kimi Raikkonen left F1 because he had his championship and fancied a new challenge. Do you blame him? He fancied ago at Rallying and has gone and done that. Now, to those saying that Kimi has left Formula 1 forever is pretty clueless. He had talks with McLaren before Button joined the team, these talks went on for a while and looked like he was going to join, it wasn’t a simply ”Hey Kimi, fancy joining us?” And he replied ”No” He considered it. The only reason I think he decided against it was 1) He didn’t get the wage he wanted 2) Button wanted out of Brawn, and McLaren know they could of got him, and decided too.
Kimi has said that he may return to Formula 1 if its a championship winning team. So lets say Webber leaves Red Bull at the end of 2012, who would replace him? Buemi? He doesn’t deserve it, he’s just about managing to keep his Toro Rosso seat. Hamilton? Who knows. Kimi? It wouldn’t surprise me. He has links with Red Bull and they are a very rich team that could supply Kimi the wages he would want.
I’m not saying Kimi will return to Formula 1, just simply saying that a return isn’t off the cards and them long talks with McLaren weren’t for nothing.
The reason Mercedes and McLaren won’t renew their deal is because by then Mercedes will be pushing at the front and won’t want to supply McLaren their Engines.