Kimi Raikkonen hungry for podium finishes in 2012
KIMI Raikkonen expects to pick up right where he left off when he returns to Formula One, despite two seasons away from the sport.
The Finnish driver won the 2007 championship title when driving for Ferrari but quit in 2009 and switched to rally. He will return to F1 this year with the Lotus Renault team at the Melbourne Grand Prix and will be one of six former champions competing in the second race of the season. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will also hit the track on March 18. “I can’t deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming,” Raikkonen said. “It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team’s ambition. “Now I’m looking forward to playing an important role in pushing the team to the very front of the grid.” Raikkonen won the Melbourne GP in 2007.