Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Door open to F1-serie

Will Williams choose Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Räikkönen or neither one of them?

Rumours about Räikkönen's comeback to F1 took a new spin yesterday evening. BBC's F1-reporter Andrew Benson wrote that Räikkönen is interested in going to Williams and the team has started to ponder over the matter. He could not offer any sources or comments from the parties that would have supported the speculations.

According to Christian Wolff, who owns 25 % of the team, Räikkönen's recent visit has led into too hasty conclusions. However he isn't shooting down the possibility of Räikkönen driving for Williams next year.

- F1 and Williams are one of Kimi's very many options. He is intelligent and sufficiently experienced to make the right decision, Wolff told IS.

Wolff is manager for Bottas together with Mika Häkkinen and Didier Coton. According to him it's still possible that Bottas would race already next season in F1.

- At the moment we are exploring all possible options, Valtteri's serie next season will be one of these: Renault World Series, GP2 or F1. We are discussing with sponsors about what would be his best next option, Wolff said.

It would be logical to make Bottas a F1-driver, but the team has suffered financial problems and they have been looking for another pay-driver to drive alongside Pastor Maldonado.

Rubens Barrichello doesn't believe that he will lose his seat to Räikkönen at least.

- I don't believe that Kimi's visit to the factory had anything to do with him becoming a driver for the team. Everybody also knows that Kimi won't drive cheap, Barrichello told the Brazilian media.

Source: IS (paper edition)
Courtesy: Nicole

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