Are Raikkonen return to Ferrari reports true or rubbish?
29 July, 2012
Jul.29 (GMM) As he battled for victory on Sunday during the Hungarian Grand Prix, rumours that Kimi Raikkonen is back on Ferrari’s radar for a return to the squad in 2013 continued to swirl (and grow) in the Hungaroring paddock.
The rumour was given life by team boss Stefano Domenicali, when to Finnish broadcaster MTV3 he said Ferrari’s number one Fernando Alonso and the team’s departed 2007 world champion share “a lot of similarities”.
“The talk in the paddock this weekend is that Felipe [Massa] has already lost his drive for next season,” Martin Brundle said on British television Sky.
A team ‘insider’ had earlier been quoted by the Sunday Times newspaper as saying that Ferrari sees Finn, 32, as a better alternative than some of the others on the list to replace Massa.
The source said many of the names – reportedly including Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Heikki Kovalainen and even Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado – would not necessarily be better than Massa.
“Kimi would be a very good solution,” he said. “Fast, experienced, unpolitical and out of contract at the end of the year. Fernando would have no problem having Kimi as his teammate.”
Even the Times’ ‘insider’ admitted that there is a major stumbling block. That obstacle, according to British columnist Mark Hughes, is surely Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
The fabled marque’s all-powerful Montezemolo and Raikkonen are said to have fallen out badly when Raikkonen was dropped at the end of 2009, pushing him into world rallying. The Ferrari boss was quoted as saying that he “never understood the Finn.”
So while the Ferrari boss is reportedly resistant to the idea of Raikkonen returning to Maranello, the driver is said to have vowed never to work with Montezemolo again, Hughes said.
Raikkonen, after finishing one second behind winner Lewis Hamilton in Hungary, said on Sunday: “I always said that I have no bad feelings and I had a good time with the team. You never know what happens in the future and I am happy where I am.”
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