Angry Raikkonen: 100% certain I won’t drive for Renault

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Kimi Raikkonen, who is being described as “angry” or showing “unhappiness,” has flatly ruled out a return to Formula 1 with Renault.

He spoke to the Finnish paper Turun Sanomat. Here is part of what he said, according to the BBC:

“It’s 100% certain I will not drive for Renault in 2011,” said Raikkonen.

“My managers have weeks ago been in contact, once, with Renault’s team leader (Eric Boullier). That is all.”

And then a bit more from Autosport:

“I am very disappointed with how they have used my name for their own marketing. I have never even seriously considered driving for Renault, and I can assure you that I am 100 per cent sure that I will not drive for Renault next season.”

Checking both stories, you also will get the flavor of Kimi’s being angry over the way Renault has gone about promoted the conversations.

So, that’s it then. At least with Renault. I don’t know if it is just coincidence, but the man that Kimi is implicitly targeting with his comments, Eric Bouiller, Renault’s team principal, today is getting a promotion. He’s adding managing director duties to his portfolio, taking over for Bob Bell. From Renault’s press release:

The Renault F1 Team has announced today that Eric Boullier, Team Principal since 5 January 2010, will take over the role of Managing Director with immediate effect following the departure of Bob Bell.

Gérard Lopez, Chairman of the Renault F1 Team, said: “We would like to thank Bob Bell for his contribution to the performance of the team and for helping see us through a period of transition since Genii Capital became a shareholder in the Renault F1 Team. We are entrusting the post of Managing Director to Eric Boullier and we have every confidence that, under his leadership, we will achieve our racing objectives. Throughout the 2010 season, we have been assessing what is required to continue improving our level of competitiveness and we believe we are well positioned for the challenges ahead.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal and Managing Director, commented: “Since the beginning of the season, the Renault F1 Team has demonstrated its ability to react to a need for change. The results of the tremendous efforts made have been immediately apparent on the race track. Today, we have a competitive car and an incredibly motivated team. I am proud of the trust being placed in me to continue this good work, and I will make every effort to ensure the Renault F1 Team returns to the front of the grid as soon as possible.”

Sounds like all the Kimi talked paid off.

Thoughts? Lamentations? Vodka recipes? And is there anywhere else you can see Kimi going?


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