Raikkonen key to big sponsor for Williams
5 October, 2011
Oct.5 (GMM) Williams team sees Kimi Raikkonen as the key to securing a major new sponsor, according to reports in a Finnish newspaper.
The 2007 world champion recently visited the British team’s headquarters, and rumours in Singapore said the parties are serious about potentially working together next season.
According to Ilta Sanomat newspaper, signing Raikkonen could secure the team the backing of the part state-owned Qatar National Bank.
Williams already has links with Qatar, including the Williams Technology Centre located in the Arab emirate.
The report said Sir Frank Williams has been trying “for several years” to sign the Qatari bank as a sponsor.
During his last grand prix as Williams’ technical director in Singapore two weeks ago, Sam Michael was asked if the team is now taking its driver decisions on financial grounds.
“I think Williams will make the choices that are best for the company and the best results. That’s what it will come down to,” he said.