Raikkonen approached us, says Renault team boss

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen has put himself back in the frame for a Formula One return with Renault, according to team boss Eric Boullier.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 19:26 PM IST

Monza: Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen has put himself back in the frame for a Formula One return with Renault, according to team boss Eric Boullier.

“He is on the radar because he contacted us,” the autosport.com website quoted the Frenchman as saying after Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Raikkonen won the 2007 title with Ferrari but the Finn has spent the last year in the world rally championship after being replaced by Spaniard Fernando Alonso at the Italian team.

Recent reports have suggested he would stay in rallying with Citroen.
“You never know but I will probably never return to Formula One,” French newspaper L’Equipe quoted the 30-year-old as saying last month.

Renault have yet to announce their second driver for 2011, with only Poland’s Robert Kubica confirmed, but have said they are willing to give Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov, who finished 13th in Monza after scoring points in his three previous races, time to prove himself.

Boullier said the team was getting more and more approaches from drivers and Raikkonen was one of them.

“We need to think about it. But the priority is Vitaly, and to see how he will develop. If we are convinced then we will keep him definitely. This is the first option.”

“There are several other options, and one of them is Kimi.”

Bureau Report