Hans Stuck says Raikkonen could win the title
6 September, 2012
Sep.6 (GMM) One pundit has changed his mind about Kimi Raikkonen’s return to F1, and believes that the Finn could win the 2012 title.
“Before it happened, I was actually very sceptical when he decided to return to Formula One,” said former grand prix driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, now president of the German motor sport association DMSB.
Legend Stuck, who contested 80 grands prix, admitted that his main concern about the unique Finn was his “way of life”.
Known as ‘the Iceman’, 32-year-old Raikkonen is famously laconic, yet often short-tempered with journalists, and has a reported fondness for a few too many drinks when partying.
“He has now surprised me totally. This is a storybook comeback,” Stuck told the DAPD news agency.
Indeed, Raikkonen is now touted as an outside chance for the 2012 world championship with Lotus, and has been linked with his former teams Ferrari and McLaren for next season.
Asked why Kimi’s comeback has been so much better than Michael Schumacher’s since 2010, Stuck said he didn’t know but observed: “The Lotus is better than the Mercedes.”
As for the 2012 title, Stuck said “Alonso and Vettel are definitely strong rivals, but if things go right for Kimi, everything is still possible.”
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