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Raikkonen approached us, says Renault team boss

There are 31 comments on the Shanghai Daily story from Sep 14, 2010, titled Raikkonen approached us, says Renault team boss. In it, Shanghai Daily reports that:

FORMER world champion Kimi Raikkonen has put himself back in the frame for a Formula One return with Renault, according to team boss Eric Boullier.

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#1 Sep 14, 2010
This is going to be fun ;)

Yesterday it was sure that Kimi would go to NASCAR in 2012 and now he is going to Renault.

His PR-guy laughed and didn't deny the Renault-thing, he just warned that there will be many more rumours to come.

“On I Burn!”

Since: Dec 07

Camp Hill, Australia

#2 Sep 14, 2010
Just a bargaining chip for Kimi and managers to use as usual.Nothing more at this stage!

Congratulations to nick heidfeld though!!
He's back driving for sauber from the next race replacing de la Rosa!

Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa at Sauber for the balance of the 2010 Formula One season.

It will be the third stint at the team for the German veteran, who was also there in 2001-03 and again under BMW management in 2006-09.

De la Rosa has not had much luck this year and has recently been overshadowed by Kamui Kobayashi. It's also worth noting that of the remaining five tracks, De la Rosa does not know either Singapore or Abu Dhabi, whereas Heidfeld does.

In addition, Heidfeld's recent tests in the Pirelli-equipped Toyota have given him a chance to get up to speed.

It remains to be seen what happens now to Heidfeld's Pirelli deal, because he was released by Mercedes specifically to test for the Italian tire company on the basis that he would not be tied in any way to a current team. Intriguingly, his Sauber contract starts on Friday, which coincides with the end of this week's Pirelli testing at Jerez.

That suggests that Heidfeld may have to forego any relationship with Pirelli, at last until after the last race of this year in Abu Dhabi.

Logic suggests that De la Rosa, coming straight from using 2010 Bridgestones, will be a sensible choice for Pirelli to continue its tests.

In a team statement, Peter Sauber said: "It was a hard decision for me to make as a team principal and I want to thank Pedro for his professionalism. By signing Nick, we have a driver we know extremely well who will help us to further judge the comparative potential of our car."

De la Rosa said: "I am surprised by the team's decision, but I respect it and would like to wish everyone good luck for the remainder of the season. I still intend to be in Formula One for 2011."

Meanwhile, Heidfeld said: "I'm looking forward like crazy to having the opportunity to go racing again in a good car in Formula One from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards. After the last months, I'm even more motivated than ever. For me it is like coming home, as I raced for seven years in total for the team from Hinwil. Without doubt I will be feeling at home straight away and this should help me to familiarize myself as soon as possible with the car."

“Lawrence”

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#3 Sep 14, 2010
Icegirl wrote:
This is going to be fun ;)
Yesterday it was sure that Kimi would go to NASCAR in 2012 and now he is going to Renault.
His PR-guy laughed and didn't deny the Renault-thing, he just warned that there will be many more rumours to come.
Hi Nicole....I believe that Kimi wouldn't be really interested in going around in circles with NASCAR......Naaaaaah. Raikkonen and Kubica would be a very strong lineup for Renault, and the return to the sport of a top line driver.......Boy I hope this happens..!!

“Is that Banjo Music I hear ...”

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#4 Sep 14, 2010
Icegirl wrote:
This is going to be fun ;)
Yesterday it was sure that Kimi would go to NASCAR in 2012 and now he is going to Renault.
His PR-guy laughed and didn't deny the Renault-thing, he just warned that there will be many more rumours to come.


ha ha this is hysterical .. who knows let's hope Kimi does go the renault, at least then with Bob and Kimi they will have a very decent lineup, and who knows renault may just find out how much they all missed out on when they had that lying cheating pretender driving for them ...

“Is that Banjo Music I hear ...”

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#5 Sep 14, 2010
Go Fernando Go wrote:
Just a bargaining chip for Kimi and managers to use as usual.Nothing more at this stage!
Congratulations to nick heidfeld though!!
He's back driving for sauber from the next race replacing de la Rosa!
Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa at Sauber for the balance of the 2010 Formula One season.
It will be the third stint at the team for the German veteran, who was also there in 2001-03 and again under BMW management in 2006-09.
De la Rosa has not had much luck this year and has recently been overshadowed by Kamui Kobayashi. It's also worth noting that of the remaining five tracks, De la Rosa does not know either Singapore or Abu Dhabi, whereas Heidfeld does.
In addition, Heidfeld's recent tests in the Pirelli-equipped Toyota have given him a chance to get up to speed.
It remains to be seen what happens now to Heidfeld's Pirelli deal, because he was released by Mercedes specifically to test for the Italian tire company on the basis that he would not be tied in any way to a current team. Intriguingly, his Sauber contract starts on Friday, which coincides with the end of this week's Pirelli testing at Jerez.
That suggests that Heidfeld may have to forego any relationship with Pirelli, at last until after the last race of this year in Abu Dhabi.
Logic suggests that De la Rosa, coming straight from using 2010 Bridgestones, will be a sensible choice for Pirelli to continue its tests.
In a team statement, Peter Sauber said: "It was a hard decision for me to make as a team principal and I want to thank Pedro for his professionalism. By signing Nick, we have a driver we know extremely well who will help us to further judge the comparative potential of our car."
De la Rosa said: "I am surprised by the team's decision, but I respect it and would like to wish everyone good luck for the remainder of the season. I still intend to be in Formula One for 2011."
Meanwhile, Heidfeld said: "I'm looking forward like crazy to having the opportunity to go racing again in a good car in Formula One from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards. After the last months, I'm even more motivated than ever. For me it is like coming home, as I raced for seven years in total for the team from Hinwil. Without doubt I will be feeling at home straight away and this should help me to familiarize myself as soon as possible with the car."
so much for the rise of Spanish sports stars .. De La Rosa is a clown, and a partner in crime to the great pretender during the 2007 spygate scandal ... good riddance for sure ... I love the idea that he was "surprised" ... really? hey Pedro, you have looked like a retard the entire season, what the hell did you expect ... ha ha and it's another German to the fore too at the expense of the Spaniard ... now we're talking ... good luck Nick

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Since: Oct 07

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#6 Sep 15, 2010
Icegirl wrote:
This is going to be fun ;)
Yesterday it was sure that Kimi would go to NASCAR in 2012 and now he is going to Renault.
His PR-guy laughed and didn't deny the Renault-thing, he just warned that there will be many more rumours to come.
If the PR guy is saying that many more rumours are comming I guess it is because they were looking for a new job for Kimi ... otherwise no rumours would come out !

Is Kimi bored from rallying already ?.. I thought he was happier there ... having more fun than in F1 ...

“On I Burn!”

Since: Dec 07

Camp Hill, Australia

#7 Sep 15, 2010
Montoya4ever wrote:
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If the PR guy is saying that many more rumours are comming I guess it is because they were looking for a new job for Kimi ... otherwise no rumours would come out !
Is Kimi bored from rallying already ?.. I thought he was happier there ... having more fun than in F1 ...
If Kimi was a better WRC Rally driver then he would stay there!! he's always 6,7,8,9 or 10 minutes behind the leader! if he finishes a Rally without crashing!! Sad but true.
Even if he drove for Hispania F1 next year he would embarrass himself less that trying to beat the best Rally drivers in the World with the same car as Loeb!!

The Kimi marketing machine is losing credibility in WRC with Kimi's inability!! So lets hope he goes to Renault!

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#8 Sep 15, 2010
Yup, it's kind of embarrassing to see him match the same pace with Malcom Wilson who has only been driving there for five years....

Even more embarrassing is that the crashes out almost as many times as Hirvonen this year... Damn, he has not been able to finish 2 rallies this year which makes him a loser.

They say that Kimi would have changed his mind after Spa... go and tell?

Kimi might also have realised that there is no way he is going to win in rally and that he has to work for Loeb - that alone might have killed his competitive spirit.

Corriero dello Sport tells that while the silent driver meditates alone at home thinking about what he should do, his fame on the F1-paddock just keeps on growing and growing.

Hmm... news also tell that Massa is unhappy in Ferrari and might leave after this season.

Imagine Kubica in Ferrari and the pairing Kimi-Felipe in Renault ;)

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#9 Sep 15, 2010
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
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ha ha this is hysterical .. who knows let's hope Kimi does go the renault, at least then with Bob and Kimi they will have a very decent lineup, and who knows renault may just find out how much they all missed out on when they had that lying cheating pretender driving for them ...
With Kimi you never know... Robertson negotiated with Renault in 2006 although he had a contract with Ferrari in his pocket so who knows what is going on?

It's amazing what Kubica has been able to achieve in Renault and how the team seems to have woke up after 2008 and 2009 - Bouillier has promised that Renault will be driving for the championship next year so they are hardly the midfield-team they were during the last years.

I also think that Webber might be on his way out after bashing his team and now his team mate in public.

So there might be more seats available than expected at the moment...

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#10 Sep 15, 2010
Montoya4ever wrote:
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If the PR guy is saying that many more rumours are comming I guess it is because they were looking for a new job for Kimi ... otherwise no rumours would come out !
Is Kimi bored from rallying already ?.. I thought he was happier there ... having more fun than in F1 ...
Look how mentioning Kimi's name put a spin on the press. Free PR for Renault and imagine this boring and colorless guy getting all the attention even though he doesn't say a word ;)

Kimi never promised anything else than one year in rally. Sponsored by Santander & Ferrari. Quite a good deal to get 20 million euros for the public humiliation and smearing campaign, not to mention what Citroen and Red Bull have paid him for this year.

If he comes back to F1 he is right on the map after driving rally in WRC for a year. It cannot but help on the tracks.

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#11 Sep 15, 2010
Oh and GFG, your 'knowledge' of rally is absolutely stunning!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

LOL

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#12 Sep 15, 2010
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
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so much for the rise of Spanish sports stars .. De La Rosa is a clown, and a partner in crime to the great pretender during the 2007 spygate scandal ... good riddance for sure ... I love the idea that he was "surprised" ... really? hey Pedro, you have looked like a retard the entire season, what the hell did you expect ... ha ha and it's another German to the fore too at the expense of the Spaniard ... now we're talking ... good luck Nick
Don't write Pedro off yet, Bob. He might still become a real threat on the tracks since he is now negotiating with Hispania - he might have potential that just hasn't yet surfaced ;)

“F1”

Since: Jul 08

Roswell, GA

#13 Sep 16, 2010
intresting.. ill be watching this story. i thought he gave up on F1
turrini kulta dribble

Chester, UK

#14 Sep 16, 2010
all dressed up an now where to go is there any jobs going for the lad the moneis ferrari paid him to stay away must be running out oh dear kimi will not drve for a non top team or be a no2 never even mind renualt kubica would be a rolling pin to the pastry on the little kimi he cant be enjoying the pinicle of motorsport where he gets to drink vodka by the gallon in the restimes in walleying the self portrated cloud still existsover the pissed up gorilla renault neer mined petrov he russian even if he didnt turn up as far more financial implication than the clown from finland ups i did it again raikonen a joke dear oh dear

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#15 Sep 16, 2010
turrini kulta dribble wrote:
all dressed up an now where to go is there any jobs going for the lad the moneis ferrari paid him to stay away must be running out oh dear kimi will not drve for a non top team or be a no2 never even mind renualt kubica would be a rolling pin to the pastry on the little kimi he cant be enjoying the pinicle of motorsport where he gets to drink vodka by the gallon in the restimes in walleying the self portrated cloud still existsover the pissed up gorilla renault neer mined petrov he russian even if he didnt turn up as far more financial implication than the clown from finland ups i did it again raikonen a joke dear oh dear
Oh Dribble-Drabble, what are you going to do if Kimi turns up on the grid next year and is faster than Alonso? Humble pie?

See the thing is that all your 'justifications' have no foundation anymore and the walls come tumbling down - but hey, you'll think of some dribble-drabble and put your blinkers on and pretend that it isn't happening.... or then you acccept that the joke is on you ;)

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#16 Sep 16, 2010
Alonso4Mil wrote:
intresting.. ill be watching this story. i thought he gave up on F1
This is fun to follow, Smokey.

Now Mini, Ford and Monster have offered Kimi a seat - it would be cool to see him rally with Ken Block.

The British rally-circles rumour that if Kimi goes to Mini then Red Bull will stop sponsoring Citroen and start sponsoring Kimi and Mini instead.

“Is that Banjo Music I hear ...”

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#17 Sep 16, 2010
Icegirl wrote:
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With Kimi you never know... Robertson negotiated with Renault in 2006 although he had a contract with Ferrari in his pocket so who knows what is going on?
It's amazing what Kubica has been able to achieve in Renault and how the team seems to have woke up after 2008 and 2009 - Bouillier has promised that Renault will be driving for the championship next year so they are hardly the midfield-team they were during the last years.
I also think that Webber might be on his way out after bashing his team and now his team mate in public.
So there might be more seats available than expected at the moment...
Nicole, the worshitters will tell you the 2010 Renault is completely different to the 2009, not because it is so, but because it's the only way they can try save face for their hero, who really did absolutely nothing for renault in 08 and 09. Kubica came along and showed us all why I call El Cheato the great pretender ... as for Webber, I think the dumbass should just hang up his helmet and get out of F1. Maybe he can join the BBC and comentate with the likes of Coolturd ... boy imagine the whinging the two of them would do on air, Webber would want to help Coolturd beat a few dozens colours of shite out of the likes of Schumie Massa and Vettel ...

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#18 Sep 17, 2010
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
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Nicole, the worshitters will tell you the 2010 Renault is completely different to the 2009, not because it is so, but because it's the only way they can try save face for their hero, who really did absolutely nothing for renault in 08 and 09. Kubica came along and showed us all why I call El Cheato the great pretender ... as for Webber, I think the dumbass should just hang up his helmet and get out of F1. Maybe he can join the BBC and comentate with the likes of Coolturd ... boy imagine the whinging the two of them would do on air, Webber would want to help Coolturd beat a few dozens colours of shite out of the likes of Schumie Massa and Vettel ...
Oi, Webber might have a thing or two to say on air - wonder how long people could take his way of talking down other drivers...

But this is something that they are going to love even more (not)- the reaction to Kimi to Renault -rumours got surprisingly quick some feedback from Italy:

Crazy rumour from Italy: Räikkönen is going back to Ferrari!

Rumours about Kimi's future get wilder and wilder. Now every imaginable team seat is linked to Räikkönen - whether or not there is any truth in them.

They even speculate on the Italian Derapate-motorsport site that Räikkönen could even return to Ferrari. According to the article published on their site, Felipe Massa is dead tired of being #2 and wants to leave Ferrari. The Italian team might call in Räikkönen to replace Massa and therefore make up for last year's events.

Ferrari sacked Räikkönen to make room for Fernando Alonso. The team had to pay Räikkönen 17 million euros for this season. They claim in the article that Ferrari would be willing to take back the 2007 WDC if he would substantially cut down his salary. Alonso has even agreed to accept Räikkönen as his team mate.

- Ferrari can guarantee a maximum competitiveness unlike Renault. It will interest Räikkönen more than one million euros here or there, Derapate.it writes.

Yet it's extremely unlikely that Räikkönen would even be willing to go back there after the treatment he got - let alone with a cut salary.

“F1”

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#19 Sep 17, 2010
Icegirl wrote:
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This is fun to follow, Smokey.
Now Mini, Ford and Monster have offered Kimi a seat - it would be cool to see him rally with Ken Block.
The British rally-circles rumour that if Kimi goes to Mini then Red Bull will stop sponsoring Citroen and start sponsoring Kimi and Mini instead.
intresting, along side Ken Block eh? now thats a sweet line up!!! ken block is a god on four wheels.

“F1”

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#20 Sep 17, 2010
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
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Nicole, the worshitters will tell you the 2010 Renault is completely different to the 2009, not because it is so, but because it's the only way they can try save face for their hero, who really did absolutely nothing for renault in 08 and 09. Kubica came along and showed us all why I call El Cheato the great pretender ... as for Webber, I think the dumbass should just hang up his helmet and get out of F1. Maybe he can join the BBC and comentate with the likes of Coolturd ... boy imagine the whinging the two of them would do on air, Webber would want to help Coolturd beat a few dozens colours of shite out of the likes of Schumie Massa and Vettel ...
hahahah oh plz.. Robert has yet to win a race.. something alonso was able to do in 2008 in his first year back and thats not coutning Singapore.. mind you this is at renault in the "same car" as you describe - of course we all know thats not the case unless you suffer from RNDS - Red Neck Denial Syndrome lol - but hey.. hes still got time right? lol

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