OK, clarifying my post from the 17th for all non-German speaking friends: I DID NOT SAY (or write) that Kimi Räikkönen is going to drive in Formula 1 for Mercedes in 2010! According to our research for P1 Mag he DOES have some kind of agreement in place with Mercedes-Benz.
It seems the terms of his contract termination with Ferrari do not allow him to drive in 2010 for any team placed ahead of Ferrari in the 2009 World Championship. Apart from risking the compensation he’s got for the contract termination, he’d probably would face legal issues for breaching this agreement. So actually the best thing to do is to take a year off and come back in 2011. With Mercedes Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld being the likely choice to fill the void for 2010.
I’m well aware that Autosport.com has pumped out something different, mentioning McLaren had been Kimi’s only choice and speculating about him joining RBR 2011. Time will tell if they can stick to their story. I’m quite comfortable with ours. Oh, and sorry for the cheap skate copy cats who got themselves into trouble for picking up just the headline…
Updates on this story HERE