Kimi’s potential return to Formula One: What his supporters have to say (part one)

Kimi Raikkonen’s potential return to Formula one has sparked great fan interest. As a result, I wanted to find out what fans really think of the possibilty he might return to Formula by scooting around the forums on various Formula One drivers websites and asking a similar set of questions (the questions are changed depending on whose forum. The questions will be slightly different for Raikkonen and Petrovs forums, but the same for all other driver forums) . In this edition, I went straight to the heart of issue by targeting Kimi’s fanbase. 

The questions asked to Kimis fans were: 

1. Do you think Kimi is better suited to World Rally or F1?
2. Do you think returning to F1 would be good for Kimi?
3. Would you like to see Kimi in F1 again?
4. If Kimi decided to come back to F1, should he go with Renault in 2011, or wait to see if he can get a contract from a better team and 2012/2013?
5. If Renault decided to hire Kimi, how much do you think they should pay him? 

I also asked for general views if anyone didn’t want to answer the questions. Aside from gramatical errors, the answers are the same, just so you know. 

These were some of the reactions I got: 

1. Do you think Kimi is better suited to World Rally or F1?‘He is better in F1, F1 need him to compete as one of the fastest man on track’

‘F1 but that doesn’t mean he can’t deliver in rally also. But in a couple of years.’

‘F1. He is the best F1 driver and he is not even competing. I think he enjoys Rally too but it is more of an hobby.’

‘To F1 definitely, in my opinion it is where he belongs, he is the fastest man alive! And with Kimi’s retirement F1 lost something special that he has and no other driver does!’
2. Do you think returning to F1 would be good for Kimi?

‘Kimi has nothing to loose. So it’s either good or null.’

‘Yes…’

‘Not sure, maybe in a top team where he can actually fight for wins. The one thing I’m sure of is that if he wants to come back sooner is better than later.’

‘It will be great for everyone or most for sure. Martin Whitmarsh and Norbert Haug also said few months ago.’

‘It would be great cause he is young and has a lot to prove, he left in the wrong way it would really be a shame that a driver like Kimi has only One championship in F1,it looks like wasted talent cause he can do lot more! And again give us some magic in Spa like only he can, I miss him a lot!’

3. Would you like to see Kimi in F1 again?
‘With all the talent concentrated like Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Button, Massa, Rosberg, Kubica, Sutil, Schumacher (next year he’ll deliver for sure)… and future WDC material like KK, Jaime, Buemi…. I think adding to the pack another talent like Kimi would be definitely good for all of us.’

 

‘ABSOLUTELY..’

‘Yes but in a good position.’

‘Yes. That will be great’

‘ABSOLUTELY!!!!’
4. If Kimi decided to come back to F1, should he go with Renault in 2011, or wait to see if he can get a contract from a better team and 2012/2013?

‘Renault has been going forwards since a lot of months ago, so why not. Next year with new tyres and the KERS it’s a fresh start for most all teams. Surely Ferrari or McLaren have more resources, but Renault has made really great cars so why not.’

‘Renault seems good this year but we don’t know for next. But Renault, same with McLaren and Ferrari (also Williams) has tradition of winning races and title. so I think to return to F1 with Renault is OK with him’

‘Renault in 2011 is better, because if he delivers a good performance there in 2011 there will be raining seats in better teams for him in 2012.’

‘Renault or better to Mercedes GP. MS has to retire.’

‘I want to see him in f1 so badly so I would say Renault…Definitely Renault cause even if he is there he can sign one year contract and move to other better team in 2012!’
5. If Renault decided to hire Kimi, how much do you think they should pay him?

‘There are no “shoulds” here. Probably these fanboys would say that Kimi should be paid 1 trillion of € and 5000 huges per minute, but to be honest it would be equally fire and fine both not being paid anything or being paid a lot. There are no “shoulds” here.’

‘Well, its up to Renault how much Kimi worth for them…personally I believe he should get more that the other driver Renault have.’

‘A lower salary than he had for sure, but how much is up to sponsors, team and the market to decide. But it has to be good enough because he is an F1 World Champion after all.’

‘More than Kubica’

‘Kimi is priceless but I think it should be some normal numbers cause Renault doesn’t have money like Ferrari and McLaren! I hope that if it comes to that point to return, that Kimi is coming back he would be reasonable not to require some enormous salary, I mean he is worth of it but it is a start! ‘

So, generally very positive review for Kimi and Renault!

‘Kimi is definitely better suited for F1. He may have some multi-racing talents, but at rallies he still needs like 2 or 3 years in order to be able to fight for important positions. And I’m talking about being able to do so, not that he is surely world championship material for rallies, something nobody know for sure. Kimi has improved a lot this year but the hardest part is getting really, really close to the front, something that still has to come.’

Comments
2 Responses to “Kimi’s potential return to Formula One: What his supporters have to say (part one)”
  1. freemo says:

    Fantastic blog, I had not noticed moltegrazie.wordpress.com earlier in my searches!
    Continue the good work!

  2. Sle says:

    t’s such a tickety-boo site. fabulous, quite interesting!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: