And so the Iceman makes a return to Formula 1. Kimi Raikkonen, who'd quit F1 at the end of the 2009 season, is now making a return to the sport with the Lotus Renault GP team. The former McLaren and Ferrari driver who had won his only Formula 1 world title in 2007 spent the last two years competing in the World Rally Championship after Ferrari dropped him in favour of Fernando Alonso.
While Raikkonen had initially been linked to a seat with Williams, that didn't materialise. And with Robert Kubica definitely out of contention for the race seat in 2012, Kimi has been recruited by the black and gold squad.
Kimi stated that his time in the WRC had been useful, however, his hunger for Formula 1 had become 'overwhelming'. And this prompted his return to F1.
Well, there'll be celebrations from fans for sure. And there's also the fact that Kimi is very likely to do better than any of the squad's 2011 drivers. But can he manage to be competitive? In the Lotus Renault GP, it's not looking very likely.