|Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault|
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|Tuesday, 29 November 2011 06:26|
Lotus Renault GP said Tuesday that the 2007 world champion, who quit in 2009 and switched to rallying, has signed a two-year contract.
The 32-year-old Raikkonen said he is glad to get back into action after experiencing mixed fortunes in the World Rally Championship and a subsequent stint in NASCAR.
``I wouldn't come back if I wouldn't be motivated,'' Raikkonen said on the team's website. ``There's always a lot of talk about motivation to race, but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself, so I don't really care what people think.
``I wouldn't put my name on the contract if I didn't think that I would really enjoy it. It will be exciting to get back. The main reason was that I never really lost the passion in racing in F1.''
Raikkonen won 18 Grands Prix, finished on the podium 62 times and took pole position 16 times in F1.
``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,'' said Gerard Lopez, the head of Luxembourg-based Genii Capital, which this year bought the final 25 percent of Renault's stake. ``We are all looking forward to working with a world champion.''
Associated Press writer Matti Huuhtanen in Helsinki contributed to this report.