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Raikkonen free to pull out of WRC to go back to F1

Kimi Raikkonen is free to pull out of his 2011 World Rally Championship contract and return to F1 if he wants too. After Robert Kubica was involved in a terrible high speed rally accident at the weekend, it looks as if the Polish driver will be out of action for a good part of the 2011 season. This has left many to start speculating about who will replace him at Lotus Renault GP whilst he recovers. Drivers including Nico Hulkenberg, Tonio Liuzzi and Nick Heidfeld are already being speculated as possible options, with Kimi Raikkonen’s being the latest to be added to the list, after Citroen's rally chief Olivier Quesnel, the rally team Raikkonen made his WRC debut with last year, made comments about the Finnish driver’s WRC contract. Quesnel told RMC Sport "If he wants to leave, I couldn't say anything because he is a client. He has rented a car from us and drives with his own sponsors. I suppose there may be considerable pressure from Bernie Ecclestone, the FIA and the whole world of F1 who want to see him come back because he is still an emblematic driver for the sport." Although, Quesnel was quick to add that he doesn't think Raikkonen is too keen to go back to F1, adding "If he is taking phone calls, they would have to be very convincing to get him back there." Raikkonen has already announced he will drive a Citroen DS3 under the Ice 1 entry in the 2011 World Rally Championship.

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