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    Kimi Räikkönen has signed a two-year deal to return to Formula One with Lotus Renault GP, ensuring that there will be six world champions on the 2012 grid.

    The news was not unexpected after negotiations moved rapidly when Räikkönen's talks with Williams F1 broke down and it became clear that Robert Kubica was out of the LRGP frame for the start of the season.

    It remains to be seen who will partner Räikkönen, the 2007 world champion, at the outfit that is set to rebranded as Team Lotus next year.

    Vitaly Petrov has a contract but might not be retained, while both Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean are on standby. Against the odds there has also been contact with Adrian Sutil, despite the German's issue with Genii shareholder Eric Lux--an alleged altercation in a bar--earlier in the year.

    When Räikkönen switched from F1 to the World Rally Championship for 2010, the Finn had ambitions to eventually return to F1 with Red Bull Racing. However, Mark Webber's ongoing contract extensions put a stop that.

    Räikkönen said that racing in NASCAR a few times this season gave him a taste for the wheel-to-wheel competition that he has missed in rallying.

    "I never really lost the passion in racing in F1, but maybe all the other things around it," Räikkönen said in a video interview. "But I did some NASCAR races this year in the States and I started to miss more and more the racing side, to race against each other, because in rallying it's against the clock, really. That's what I was missing.

    "Then I got the call from certain people in Formula One and then all sorts of things happened, and then in the end we managed to have a nice conversation with Lotus Renault and ended up making a deal with them. So I'm very happy with that.

    "There were two options. It was this team or Williams, and in the end everything worked out with Lotus Renault GP as we wanted, so that's really the reason."

    Räikkönen insisted that there is no problem with his motivation.

    "I wouldn't come back if I wouldn't be motivated," he said. "There is always a lot of talk about the motivation, but nobody really knows what I do or what I think, apart from myself, so I don't really care about what people say.

    "I wouldn't put my name in a contract if I wouldn't think I would enjoy it. It will be interesting. It will be exciting to get back."

    Räikkönen said he will feel more at home in F1 after struggling to come to terms with the WRC.

    "It's been really nice in the last few years, trying to learn [rallying]," he admitted. "It's been easier this year than it was last year, but still it's very difficult. But I'm really looking forward to coming back. At least F1 is something that I know how everything works.

    "I've been there for many years. When I went to rallying, I didn't really know what would happen, and when I went to NASCAR, I had no clue how it would be. In that way it should be much, much easier to come back. It should be pretty normal."

    Team owner Gerard Lopez added, "All year long, we kept saying that our team was at the start of a brand-new cycle. Backstage we've been working hard to build the foundations of a successful structure and to ensure that we would soon be able to fight at the highest level. Kimi's decision to come back to Formula One with us is the first step of several announcements which should turn us into an even more serious contender in the future.

    "Of course, we are all looking forward to working with a world champion. On behalf of our staff, I'd like to welcome Kimi to Enstone, a setting that has always been known for its human approach to Formula One."

    Read more: Formula One: Kimi Räikkönen signs two-year deal with Lotus Renault GP - Autoweek

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    When he comes back, there will be, I think, six former world champions on the grid. That's pretty exciting.

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    Bump. I set up this thread, but Manly just helped me route it to the "recent threads" forum. I just wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to see it.

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    6 world champs!! how exciting!!!
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    I really want to dislike Vettel, but he makes it hard with this kind of quality impression:

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    A quick driver and a mimic. Clever.

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    If he drives like this he will have no problem


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