We can officially rule Kimi out for a return to Formula 1 in 2011, at least not with Renault F1. He is also quite miffed that the team has been using his name for their own ends.
It was previously reported that Renault team principal Eric Boullier confirmed that Kimi “was on the radar” as he contacted them. He went on to speculate openly about Vitaly Petrov’s future with the team, if replaced with Raikkonen.
“I am very disappointed with the way they (Renault) have used my name for their own marketing purposes. At no point have I even seriously considered driving for Renault and I can assure that it is 100% certain that I will not drive for Renault in 2011. My managers have weeks ago been in contact, once, with Renault’s team leader (Eric Boullier). That is all,” said a very angry Raikkonen.
Kimi is currently racing in the World Rally Championship in a Citroen C4 under the Red Bull Junior Team. He recently finished top of the podium at the French Rallye Vosgien.