Raikkonen Says 2011 Return Based On Top Team Offer
Kimi Raikkonen has declared he will only be returning to Formula One for the 2011 season if a top competitive team offers him a contract.
The Finn, who was F1 World Champion in 2007, has left the Ferrari F1 team and is likely to be taking a sabbatical in 2010 after contract negotiations with his former employer McLaren hit the rocks and the Vodafone sponsored team employed Jenson Button instead.
“I felt McLaren offered the best opportunity to win races and challenge for the drivers’ championship and if that would not work the one-year break is the result,” he told the official Formula 1 website.
“And to be honest, I will only return in 2011 if a competitive drive is available.”
He added: “I do not want to race just to make up the numbers. That does not interest me. But there’s a lot of time until then, so let’s wait and see what happens in the months ahead.”
Raikkonen’s manager says there could be an opportunity with Mercedes GP, but Kimi reckons they will just employ two Germans.
“No, I have not held talks with Brawn,” he said. “I feel they will run two German drivers next year now that Mercedes are involved.”