Raikkonen heading to Renault? Seems unlikely

Posted on September 14, 2010

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Kimi Raikkonen is apparently looking to return to Formula One with Renault, Autosport is reporting today.

Boullier has confirmed Raikkonen is on Renault's radar. Credit: Renault F1

The Finn is presumably looking to replace Vitaly Petrov at the team but I can’t see why Renault would do it. Even if his Ferrari wages were slashed, the pay demand from the enigmatic Raikkonen would still likely be huge, especially compared to what Renault are paying Petrov.

And worse, what if his interest in F1 wanes again? There is no denying he’s quick and after Massa’s injury last year he suddenly showed flashes of it again.

But for far too much of the time in his last couple of years in Formula One, Raikkonen was simply on another planet.

Team boss Eric Boullier has confirmed the approach but it strikes me there are more reliable straws in the wind if Petrov is dropped. I could see a situation where Adrian Sutil goes to Renault to partner Robert Kubica – which strikes me as a pretty solid line up.

That would leave open a Force India seat which, in marketing terms at least, would seem wide open for Karun Chandhok. He’s been badly treated by HRT this season and must be looking for new opportunities. Chandok can bring in sponsorship, surely one of the reasons he got the Hispania drive to start with, and he looked reasonable in the races he competed in, despite the atrocious car.

Chandhok is also good on the media, raising potential for a new Indian base for the sport ahead of the country’s inaugural Grand Prix next year. His contributions to the BBC coverage these past couple of races, especially on the radio, have been excellent.

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