Former Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is gearing up to make a come-back two years after quitting the sport.
And the Finnish driver, who won the 2007 world title with Ferrari, sees getting grips with the new Pirelli tyres his biggest challenge.
Raikkonen, who quit F1 in 2009 and switched to rallying, will return to the sport driving for Lotus Renault, said: “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel.
“I am more motivated than ever and I don’t think I’ve lost any speed.
“Before my two years of rallying, I had 18 wins in Formula One. I feel like I’m coming home.”
After a 20-year absence, Pirelli came back into F1 last season to replace Bridgestone. The 32-year-old racer said: “The tyres will be the hardest thing, of course, but I’m not really worried.”
His arrival back on the grid will tie Sebastian Vettel – who dominated F1 this season – another former world champion to contend with.
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e excited with his return to Formula One and feels that it’s like a home coming to him.
He also admits that he is more motivated than ever to hit the track. He said” I have had 18 Formula One wins before changing to rallying. I just can’t wait to get behind the wheels.”
Raikkonen considers driving with the new Pirelli tyres as his biggest challenge now. “The tyres will be the hardest thing, of course, but I’m not really worried,” he said.
With Raikkonen joining Formula One current champion Sebastian Vettel will have to face much more competition now.