2007 world champion was eventually ensure themselves will appear in the most prestigious auto race on earth in the 2012 season with the team Renault. Renault himself announced the good news is, once they bind to a two-year contract with the Finnish rider.
Raikkonen, who left Formula 1 (F1) at the end of the 2009 season after released by Ferrari, has held talks with Williams about the possibility of returning to the F1 track. However, there was no agreement that the rumors disappear.
However, Renault made a breakthrough with the hook "Iceman", just a week after the team principal, Eric Boullier, said in Brazil that Raikkonen on the list of candidates for the 2012 season. This of course makes the competition will be very exciting.
"I am pleased to return to F1 after two years of rest, and I am grateful to Lotus Renault GP who offered me this opportunity. When I was in the World Rally Championship is a phase that is useful in a career as a rider. However, I can not deny the fact that I has been greatly missed F1.
"This is an easy choice to come back with Lotus Renault GP because I've been impressed with the ambition of the team. Now I want to play an important role in driving the team to the very front of the grid."
Team owner, Gerard Lopez, adding, Raikkonen's decision to return to F1 with them is the first step of the few things they wanted to show the new season. Renault aims to become one of the rivals in the hunt for the world title 2012 season.
Raikkonen left F1 and switch to the World Rally Championship in 2010 season. 32-year-old rider spent two seasons there, next to compete in the NASCAR Truck series.
When it became world champion in 2007, still with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. In total, he recorded 18 victories since making his debut in Grand Prix 2001.
Indeed, Renault must find a reliable driver Robert Kubica after last week confirmed that he is not ready to appear at the beginning of the 2012 season. Because the Polish rider still needs recovery time, following a dramatic crash experienced in February, which also forced him to miss the season 2011.