Official: Iceman Returns to F1 in 2012 with Renault

Source: lotusrenaultgp.com

Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will race for the team next 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 Lotus Renault GP.

Kimi’s F1 roll of honour includes 18 wins, 62 podiums and 16 pole positions. This experience and success is sure to help the team 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.

Kimi Räikkönen: “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.”

Gérard Lopez, Genii Capital, Chairman: “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. 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.”

 

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Interview Transcript: Renault F1 Press Office

Q: Kimi, good news today, you have decided to come back to Formula 1. Why are you coming back?

Kimi Raikkonen: The main reason was that I never really lost the passion for racing in Formula 1, just maybe for all the other things around it. But when I did some NASCAR races this year I noticed that I was increasingly missing the racing side – to race against each other – because in rallying you really race against the clock. And then I got the call from certain people in Formula 1. All sorts of things happened and we managed to have a nice conversation with Lotus Renault GP and make a deal – I’m really very happy with that!

Q: Why did you choose Lotus Renault GP?

KR: Really there were two options – it was this team or Williams. And everything worked out here as we wanted, so that’s really the reason.

Q: Have you been following the team and the performance this year?

KR: I didn’t follow Formula 1 much at all last year. This year I followed it a bit more but not really any specific team. I watched the last 20 laps of the last race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, and because I knew this was going to happen I also watched how the Lotus Renault GP team did. But before that I didn’t know anything about what was going to happen or that there would be a deal in Formula 1 for next year, so I just watched Formula 1 as a whole. I saw a few races but nothing special.

Q: Do you think Formula 1 will be very different for you from what you know from 2009, with the DRS, Pirelli tyres, etc?

KR: Comparing 2009 to next year the biggest difference will probably be the tyres. I don’t think there is a lot of difference with the cars. DRS is a new thing but this is basically similar to before. The button that used to be for the front wing has disappeared, so now it’s for the rear wing. I would guess the main difference is really the tyres.

Q: Personally, what’s the main difference from the Kimi Raikkonen we saw in 2009 – in which way are you a better driver?

KR: I don’t know – I’ve been away for two years. I haven’t driven and I haven’t even sat in a Formula 1 car since the last race in 2009. I’m interested to get back into the car, I’m two years older now and I don’t think anything else has really changed. It has been really nice to try to learn rallying in the last few years. On some days it was hard. It’s been easier this year than last year but still it’s a very difficult sport. I’m really looking forward to coming back. At least Formula 1 is something where I know how everything works as I’ve been there for many years – compared to rallying when I didn’t know what would really happen. Then I went to NASCAR and I had no clue how it would be. So in that way it should be much, much easier to come back and it should be pretty normal.

Q: Have you already changed your training routine?

KR: I kept training the whole time for the rallying but of course it’s not so physical – in the rallies it’s more that you have to sit in the car for the whole week. In Formula 1, it is more physical but over a shorter time. A month ago I started to get back into proper training for Formula 1. The neck is the most difficult thing to get ready but we still have plenty of time.

Q: When you think about your last race in 2009, what is the feeling you have of driving in Formula 1?

KR: I certainly remember all the braking and how quickly everything happens. But compared to rallying, say, you have slightly more time. In rallying, it doesn’t give you a second chance. When you make a mistake you go off. There are no run-off areas. In Formula 1 you have a lot of run-off areas, you can run a bit wide and it is not such a big deal. You lose a lap in the practice or in qualifying but in the race you maybe don’t even lose a place. So this time, the braking and the G-forces will certainly come back very quickly. The biggest thing will definitely be to get the neck used to it again. All the rest will take a while but it’s not really a big thing.

Q: Six world champions on the grid next year, you are coming back to Formula 1 – how big of a boost is it for your motivation?

KR: I would not have come back if I wasn’t motivated. There is always a lot of talk about motivation but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself so I don’t really care about what people say. But I’m happy to be coming back. I wouldn’t put my name onto a contract if I didn’t think I’d really enjoy it – so it will be interesting and exciting to get back!

20 thoughts on “Official: Iceman Returns to F1 in 2012 with Renault

  1. He sure was missed. =)

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  2. Will you also return Saima ? I really wish so 😛

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  3. Hi guys! I’m very happy about the news! I had to post this, but I’m not sure that I will return 😦 Wait and see…

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    1. Hi Saima, I was so glad to see this space was activated again. I think most of us has been away for the last 1-2 years after Kimi left F1. Now we are back! Obviously we wish you will be back together with us as well. I can’t wait for this season to start.

      I really didn’t expect Kimi will return to F1 even there were rumours around before the official annoucement. It’s TRUE!!! I’m so happy & can’t wait to see him racing F1. I believe he will returned with different thinking. No more wish to drive the winning car but to push a mid tier team to top. What a great goal. Let’s see what he can do 🙂

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  4. Well, you’ve both been missed so now Kimi signed on we’re waiting for you Saima.

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  5. It was so warming to see a new news item here in KRS! And for sure, there is a reason for that!

    I don’t know what has happened to the forum as it shows error. Maybe there are too many fans accessing the forum? 🙂

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  6. Ah, I was making some changes to the forum earlier today but there’s a few bugs since it was upgraded (which I’m not happy about), so it’s down unfortunately 😦 Hopefully by tomorrow it will be fixed. Sorry!

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  7. Great news not only to Kimi fans but to f1 fans in general. Happy to see this site running again and see your great race videos again Saima.

    Hope Renault can produce a real shocker of a car package next season for Kimi to show Ferrari how bad their decision was for booting him out.

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  8. Time to Come back 🙂 We all used to check space all the time!

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  9. OMG YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! HE IS BACK!!!!!!! I cannot believe this is true!!!!! YUPIIIII, our beloved KIMI is back to F1!!!!!!

    PS. Saima, what happened to the site? What about the girls??? I can’t acces it anymore and I really miss you all!!!!

    Kisses

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  10. Kimi is back, now the only thing left to really get things back to the good old days is for Saima to return! If this happens we will all really feel like how we did as Kimi fans a few years ago. This website was an integral part in my following of Kimi, after hearing the news I came back to visit the site after 2 long years. It’s just one of those things, you can’t have Kimi in F1 without krspace! The Iceman cometh! Once again the F1 world will be graced with the presence of F1’s most naturally fastest racer in history.

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  11. Hello again Saima!!! Just like everyone else in this community, we missed Kimi badly and we are all thrilled for his return to F1, but also I missed your web page. I couldn’t help coming back from time to time to check if you posted any news during these two years. Please consider a come back, maybe a different approach adapted to your other roles, but just like Monaco Knight said, KRS is part of Kimi in F1. My best wishes for you and sharing the immense joy these news brings to all of us. 😀

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  12. ICEMAN is back!!!!!! Cant wait for next season to see him setting the F1 tracks on FIRE again!!!!!!
    There’s a lot of talk about struggle to come back with the new Pirelli but we know that they are much better than the last season & their learning curve is at it’s peak. Kimi did not have to go through that “PIRELLI learning curve” that the current drivers have had to – adjusting & readjusting. Therefore, I think Kimi will not have too much trouble – I’m so looking forward to those blazing fast laps from Kimi….. There’s no one who can match Kimi in that atleast, no matter how good the car…..

    Saima – hope u come back too….

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  13. Well lookie who posted again :)) Great to see Saima!
    I hope you find the time to pick up where you left. Like Monaco Knight said, its the good old days with krspace running and Kimi burning up the tracks! Its would be like a Pink Floyd reunion or something! Lol.

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  14. Hi Saima ,glad to see you’re back – and the Iceman as well- it’s going to be a wonderful 2012 ,after 2 years of dust ,snow and wrecked cars in rally.
    Can’t explain how good I feel about this comeback
    Cheers from Canada
    Alex

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  15. Hey Saima, as Kimi is back- I’m really happy to see your postings.
    If you have the possibility come back too!
    I can’t wait to see the Iceman again on the track!

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  16. Finally after 2 years of patient…HE’S BACK !!!!

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  17. welcome back evenstar saima,glad to see your posting again,iceman is back…………

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  18. shame on me Sweetie, I didn’t check your site since you put it down and so I’ve just seen only now you came back posting with that mega awesome news and all nice things which come with it!

    awwwwAWWWWWWWW!!! so happy to see that! :))
    hope for more to come! no pressure ofc!! see how you feel it
    but what a better thing than a Kimi in a F1 car to spend good time and chill out ?! 😉

    that is a fantastic news for us and all the F1 circus!
    I’m really happy (well that you know lol) and can’t wait for next year! (you know that too hehe)

    Keep Flying Kimi! and Keep Flying Evenstar!

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