Raikkonen is returning to F1 to drive for Lotus Renault, which will be called “Lotus” next year. Blurb sent out by Renault includes Kimi saying, “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,” Raikkonen told the official Renault website.
“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.”
If you believe Kimi Raikkonen said that, you’ll believe anything. Kimi is practically monosyllabic. Remember his sparkling repartee in post race press conferences? You don’t? That’s because a monotone grunt was about his level of public speaking. However, it will be interesting to see what he can do with the “Lotus” in 2012 considering how poor the 2011 model performed.