Kubica says he would welcome Raikkonen at Renault

London: Robert Kubica fuelled speculation about a Kimi Raikkonen comeback by saying on Thursday that he would welcome the 2007 Formula One world champion as his Renault team mate.

Raikkonen, champion with Ferrari, quit grand prix racing at the end of last season to compete in the world rally championship with Citroen.

The Finn, who has had some points scoring finishes in rallying without challenging the leaders, has not indicated that he wants to return to Formula One despite continued speculation about his intentions.

Asked at the British Grand Prix whether he would like to partner the Finn, Kubica told reporters: "As I always say, I have no problems with my team mates.

"If Kimi will join us it will be very good. I think he is a great, talented driver."

"It might be very, very good (to have a) driver line-up with him but I don`t know what the future will bring us and who will be my team mate next year. I think it`s still too early to say," added the Pole.

Renault announced on Wednesday that Kubica, who had been linked to Ferrari in some media speculation, had signed a new contract with the team until the end of 2012.

His current team mate is Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov, who has been out-qualified in all nine races so far and has scored six points to Kubica`s 83.

"It`s much better, especially in current days, to have two good drivers in the team. Both drivers can help the team and help each other," said Kubica, a keen rally fan who has taken part in several non-championship events this year.

"Without testing, on Fridays where there is very limited time running if you have someone you can rely on for information, data and feedback it is much easier also for myself."

"Of course I think there is no downside to having two strong drivers in the team."

Asked when he last spoke to Raikkonen, Kubica said it was the Abu Dhabi season-ender last year.

Bureau Report