Kimi Raikkonen back to Formula One: Lotus F1 Team team driver for 2012
Lotus Renault GP has announced that world champion Kimi Raikkonen has signed a two-year deal with them. The Finnish driver, known for his impulsive driving rather than go by the book and play safe approach, is a true former world champion who is now going to set the track on fire again. As a Ferrari driver back 2007, Kimi picked the in lifted the F1 world title.
Having moved away from Formula One once the 2009 F1 season came to an end, Kimi Raikkonen has been competing at the World Rally Championship for the last two years. With Robert Kubica still recovering from an accident in early 2011, the Lotus F1 Team was looking for a driver for the 2012 F1 season.
The Iceman switched from McLaren to Ferrari in 2007, and was at the time the highest paid F1 driver with earnings of about $51 million per year. The move saw hi clinch his maiden Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in a close finish against Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Kimi is amongst a distinguished group of F1 drivers to win in his first season at Ferrari.
Kimi Raikkonen had this to say. “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. “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.”
“My hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming,” said Raikkonen. “It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP.” “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.”