I'm a little numb right now—still can't believe that this is really happening.
After talks fell through with McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen is sitting out the 2010 Formula One season.
So Luca di Montezemolo wasn't just saying that Ferrari will have the strongest drivers next year...
Looks like the Button-McLaren move is imminent. With Kimi out of the picture, my loyalties and instinct say that the Massa-Alonso combo will kick the asses of Hamilton-Button, provided Ferrari doesn't self-destruct first.
My predictions: WCC - Ferrari, WDC - Hamilton.
I'm not sad for Kimi, I believe he could have gotten a drive if he really wanted to. This all just means he feels he would be much happier doing something else. Some say it's the salary demands, others say it's his motivation. Well, the guy doesn't need to prove anything to anyone, so speculate all you want.
But I am completely upset that I won't get to see Kimi on track next season. It's just...different.
Will Kimi be back to F1 in 2011? Theoretically, Mark Webber's seat at Red Bull would be available then, but who knows what one year away from F1 would do to you? And we all knew what happened the last time a Finn took a sabbatical.
Bye Kimi, thanks for all the great races and memories.
I look forward to supporting you in the next stage of your career.