Despite claims by Kimi Raikkonen and his manager Steve Robertson arguing against a 2010 Formula One participation, reports are emanating from Brazil that the Finn has a confirmed seat with the newly branded German outfit for 2010. How much credence should this story be given?
A Raikkonen-Mercedes combination wouldn't necessarily be successful. We have two entities coming from very different backgrounds here; A small, independent team who signify the new period of austerity in Formula 1 against an old-school, big bucks-era driver who isn't famed for his outstanding team-work. Even with Mercedes money, would Ross Brawn sanction the huge amounts of money that Raikkonen will inevitably ask for?
Should the reports be true, Nico Rosberg would be right to feel aggrieved. This is his big chance to build a team around him, be the poster boy for the new German F1 team, a real chance to propel himself into the Formula One hall of fame. Then Kimi Raikkonen comes along, in all likelihood upstages him, then trots off after a couple of years without so much as a 'goodbye'. Rosberg recently commented at an Allianz sponsor day that he hoped he would not have an egotistical team-mate who only thought of himself. Oh dear.
Over the duration of the last 12 months, we've learnt that nothing is impossible in Formula One. Who knows, perhaps Globo, the reputable Brazilian news outlet, is wrong. Perhaps Michael Schumacher will come in to form a superstar German team. Perhaps Gordon Brown will step down and issue a heartfelt apology for the damage he's caused. Perhaps...what...where am I? Hello?