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Old 19th November 2009, 10:24   #16
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Its not over yet!! We may just see him at Mercedes. I'm really really hoping its true.

Raikkonen acerta detalhes para ser piloto da Mercedes em 2010, diz jornalista - Grande Prêmio / Fórmula 1 - IG

Raikkonen fecha com a Mercedes, afirma SporTV - F-1 - Tazio
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Old 19th November 2009, 10:35   #17
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Raikonen is going into WRC!
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Old 19th November 2009, 10:46   #18
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Parimal, you made my day

Thanks for posting! The race is all what he concentrated on - The Iceman!
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If this is true, nothing like it!
But I am extremely doubtful of this happening :(
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Thanks Parimal for those icy cold quotes. No wonder they call him the Iceman.
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Old 19th November 2009, 11:49   #21
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If this is true, nothing like it!
But I am extremely doubtful of this happening :(
Autosport is reporting it too!! autosport.com - F1 News: Raikkonen would consider Mercedes
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Old 19th November 2009, 13:14   #22
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if kimi doesn't race, I shall in all possibility stop watching F1.
I really hope he is back in a driving seat for this season and many more to come.
In my opinion he is the best raw driver on the grid, not even Lewis comes close.
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if kimi doesn't race, I shall in all possibility stop watching F1.
I really hope he is back in a driving seat for this season and many more to come.
In my opinion he is the best raw driver on the grid, not even Lewis comes close.
I've been depressed ever since the time I heard that Kimi is out of F1 2010. I will be watching WRC if he's there.
Although there are twenty odd of the most skillful drivers in the world in F1, there are some differences - after all there in only one Fangio, one Clark, one Nuvolari and now one Kimi.

Kimi is an old fashioned driver who simply drives. No 'smart' quotes, no 'packaging' such as is the case with Lewis or Alonso.

Tragic that sponsorship and not potential-skill-talent is the winner in F1.

Here's hoping that Kimi gets a place in a competitive car - otherwise you can't really be a WDC. The only line of hope is with Mercedes GP.

It will be absolutely amazing if that happens: the return of the Silver Arrows after more than fifty years with Kimi!

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Agree with you issigonis,
Hope he signs up for mercedes and they give him a competitive car.
Last time around, when he was challenging for the WDC with Mclaren, the car was not reliable enough and he just managed to be runner up for two years.

2002 was probably the most unreliable for Mclaren -
2003 was better. Inspite of a few retirements, Kimi was just 2 points off MS.
2004 a dejavu of the 2002, with 8 retirements for Kimi. MS at his best yet again. Ferrari also at their best in terms of reliability.
2005 again saw Kimi fighting for the championship.
2007 - WDC for Kimi.

Fast forward to Ferrari in 2009, the unreliability bug has caught up with him again.

Hope to see him back on the drive soon.

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Old 19th November 2009, 14:06   #25
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With the departure of Kimi ,another great era comes to an end .
He has been my favourite driver ever since Mika Hakkinen retired.

It was an immense pleasure watching him race from his debut with Sauber then some glorious years with Mclaren where a few championships could have been won if not for the then unreliable Merc engines and finally winning the championship with Ferrari in 2007 .

Among the current drivers Kimi was a refreshing change from the "say no evil" drivers that we now have thanking the teams and smiling for sponsors rather than just going to the circuit and racing as hard as possible . Yes there are many fast drivers but the no nonsense way of going about racing of Kimi , a bit like James Hunt , made him a favourite with many of us .

I loved the post race interviews as well .Here is a sample after winning in Spa earlier this year :
"We were probably not the fastest in lap times but we managed to keep everybody behind," said 2007 world champion Raikkonen. "And that's enough."

Kimi at Spa was always special . Kimi overtaking Fisichella in Suzuka 05 was another brilliant race starting from 17th on the grid ! So many of his pole position laps are memorable . He holds the record for the most number of fastest laps in a season . Never a driver to slow down after he was in control of the race , he burst a few engines in Mclaren most famously in front of the merc grandstand in Germany .

Threre were just so many great races , but 2007 took the cake . Fresh into Ferrari he won straight up in Australia . That was the begning of a season with many ups and downs and the final chase to the championship will be unforgettable . 17 points adrift 2 races to go . Result World Champion .

Looking forward to following him on WRC though it is not TV friendly , or is he going to chill out on his yatch ?!
Lets hope the iceman makes a comeback in 2011 but that seems unlikely to me .

Mr Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn please get Kimi back !







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Even my fav after Mika left the F1.
I sure all we kimi fans are hoping he will drive for next season for Mercedes.
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According to reports from Brazilian media, Kimi Raikkonen has finalised a deal to race with the new Mercedes Grand Prix team for 2010.

Raikkonen to Mercedes rumors in the night | The Checkered Flag
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Old 19th November 2009, 21:51   #28
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Well, Kimi is out of F1. Although he says that he is only out for an year, i fear it is the last as there is no more space to fit in another driver in any other team next year. Also everyone will forget him in an year...

kimi, you were a great driver who never as far as i know did not play dirty politics... Just drove the car irrespective of its state.. Good luck in whatever you do.
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Old 19th November 2009, 23:13   #29
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iceman will be missed

what a driver, and boy was he politically incorrect all the time and that too consciously
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Old 21st November 2009, 23:03   #30
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He's a great driver, and always keeps his cool, Still remember(I think last season) after he retired with a mech. failure seen him walking around in 3/4th and grabbing an ice stick from the fridge. Never seen any other driver chilling out at that level.

He's been the coolest F1 driver..
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