Renault set to sign Kimi to partner Fisi?

Posted: June 19, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, External, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Flavio Briatore, Formula-One, Giancarlo Fisichella, Grapervine, Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren Mercedes, Michael Schumacher, Renault, Teams

As reported on

McLaren-Mercedes star Kimi Raikkonen has allegedly been offered a three-year contract by Renault worth 50 million Euros. According to reports by, Renault boss, Flavio Briatore is eager for the Finn to join the regie in 2007, when Fernando Alonso will leave and go in the opposite direction.

…it is thought that Briatore is keen to sign the ‘ice-man’ and reckons he will be the perfect replacement for Alonso, who has consistently outperformed Fisi both this season and last.

while it is thought that Ferrari could offer Raikkonen a similar pay-packet, if Michael Schumacher opts to continue to race, the Finn may be surplus to requirements. Indeed, Schumacher is used to having the undisputed attention of the team and may continue to demand ‘number one’ status.

Things are really hotting up with regards to Kimi with all sorts of news coming from all quarters. And since Kimi has decided to keep quiet, it is only adding more fuel to such “Grapevines”.

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  1. Amol says:

    I think Kimi really should go to Renault and possibly win his much deserved drivers championship. It will be funny to see if Kimi starts winning championships after the switch which will show that the car has so much to do with winning. But hey, next year its single tyre and split wing setup so its a whole new ball game.

  2. Neeraj says:

    That’s right Amol, next year is a whole new ball game given the new technical specifications. But I think Renault will still have a little advantage given the reliability & performance of their V8 engines. And undoubtly the teams would be testing with the new split-wing setup in their factories.

  3. Whilyn says:

    It’s time for Kimi to win a championship and i don’t think McLaren can give him that. If he did sign for Renault then it is a very good move. I can’t imagine Kimi Raikkonen driving bride’s maid to Michael Schumacher. He is a very good driver and i believe he is the fastest in Formula 1 today.

  4. Neeraj says:

    Whilyn, if Kimi did decides to goto Ferrari, I don’t see him playing second-fiddle to MS. I am sure he would have taken care of that aspect in his contract.

    Now even I feel that he might move to Renault [a clean barter of drivers], he have a good chances of winning there more. But with new regulations and Bridgestone been announced as sole tyre provider, that is going to have an effect on all Michelin-clad teams.

    He is going to take all this in consideration before announing his move.

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