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Raikkonen Linked To Renault Drive For 2011

Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is been linked with a return to Formula One next season with the Renault F1 Team.

Raikkonen, 30, is currently racing for Citroen Red Bull in the World Rally Championship with varying degrees of success.  Consistent top 10 performances are sometimes marred by heavy accidents.

The Finn is said to have some interest in a return to the sport which he left at the end of last season, following a pay-off from Ferrari to make way for Fernando Alonso.  Raikkonen delivered Ferrari its last World Championship back in 2007.

Gerard Lopez, the new boss of the Renault F1 Team is said to want to bring Kimi back to F1 with his team, to partner Robert Kubica.

“As I always say, I have no problems with my team mates.” Kubica told Eurosport at Silverstone

“If Kimi will join us it will be very good. I think he is a great, talented driver.

“It might be very, very good (to have a) driver line-up with him but I don’t know what the future will bring us and who will be my team mate next year. I think it’s still too early to say,” added the Pole.

Meanwhile Raikkonen received praise from former Ferrari favourite Jean Alesi for his performances in WRC.

“Imagine what it means for a driver to start anew in a discipline the exact opposite of what he has always done.” Alesi  told motorsport.com

“For that, for his courage to challenge himself in such a way, I admire him,”

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