Kimi Raikkonen: No interest in Formula One
Kimi Raikkonen sounds less enthusiastic than ever about the idea of returning to formula one.
The 2007 world champion, who switched full-time to the world rally championship when Ferrari replaced him with Fernando Alonso for last season, was considered a leading contender for a return to the grid in 2011 with Renault.
He was again a candidate after Robert Kubica's horror rally crash, but 31-year-old Raikkonen was already setting up his own rally entry called Ice1 before he finished a promising eighth in the opening event in Sweden earlier this month.
"I have no interest in returning to formula one," he is quoted as saying by Gulf News.
"I do not want to talk about formula one," added the 18-time grand prix winner.
"Rallying is where I want to be. And it is good to be back for another season," he said.
Bernie Ecclestone does not think F1's world champion of 2007 is ever coming back to his sport.
After committing to a second full-time season in the world rally championship this year, Kimi Raikkonen said he has "no interest" in returning to F1.
"No one really knows why Kimi left F1, and many have tried to bring him back again," F1 chief executive Ecclestone told the German language Kicker magazine.
"But Kimi has decided to do something else - and that will remain the case," added the 80-year-old Briton.