An angry Kimi Räikkönen has finally broken his silence, dismissing recent rumours that he was looking to join the Renault F1 squad in 2011, and accusing the French outfit of drumming up the story for marketing purposes.
Rumours started during the Italian Grand Prix weekend that the 2007 World Champion’s management had made an approach to Renault about the Finn possibly making a return to Formula 1 after a season spent contesting the World Rally Championship with Citroen.
These rumours gained further credence when team boss Eric Boullier said he was flattered by Räikkönen’s interest in the team, but also questioned if the former Ferrari driver was sufficiently motivated to warrant consideration as a potential replacement for Vitaly Petrov.
Perhaps stung by inferences that his primary motivation was to feather his retirement nest, an angry Räikkönen told Finland’s Turun Sanomat that he would not consider an F1 return with Renault, after his management team contacted Renault once “weeks ago and that is all.”
“I am very disappointed with the way they have used my name for their marketing,” he said. “I have never seriously considered driving for Renault, and I can assure you 100% that I will not be driving for them next year.”
[Original image via the Straits Times]