Raikkonen signs two year deal with Lotus Renault 

The Finn returns to F1 in 2012

Written by David on November 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pmLast Update: October 04th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus RenaultThe Lotus Renault GP F1 team announced earlier today that Kimi Raikkonen will race for them in the 2012 season. The 2007 World Champion, who left Formula 1 at the end of 2009 to pursue a career in rallying, has decided to make a comeback at the pinnacle of single-seater racing. He has now signed a two-year agreement with the Enstone based team.

Raikkonen’s F1 roll of honour includes 18 wins, 62 podiums and 16 pole positions. This experience and success is sure to help Lotus Renault make a step forward next year. The 32-year-old Finn’s commitment indeed makes for a vote of confidence in Lotus Renault GP, demonstrating the team’s determination and new philosophy for the seasons ahead.

“I’m delighted to be coming back to Formula 1 after a two-year break, and I’m grateful to Lotus Renault GP for offering me this opportunity,” said Raikkonen. “My time in the World Rally Championship has been a useful stage in my career as a driver, but I can’t deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming. It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team’s ambition. Now I’m looking forward to playing an important role in pushing the team to the very front of the grid.”

“All year long, we kept saying that our team was at the start of a brand new cycle. Backstage we’ve been working hard to build the foundations of a successful structure and to ensure that we would soon be able to fight at the highest level”, added Genii Capital Chairman Gerard Lopez. “Kimi’s decision to come back to Formula 1 with us is the first step of several announcements which should turn us into an even more serious contender in the future. Of course, we are all looking forward to working with a world champion. On behalf of our staff, I’d like to welcome Kimi to Enstone, a setting that has always been known for its human approach to Formula 1.”

source: Lotus Renault

One Comment

  1. luiz meireles says:

    this is a great news,because i think kimi is one of the best f-1 driver in the world,and he is going to bring a lot excitment to the championgship.
    i wish him the best of lucky and i hope to see him as a champiom again.
    thanks for reanault to bring kimi raikkone back.

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