Kimi set for McLaren return?

The latest paddock whispers surrounding next year’s driver line-up place Kimi Raikkonen back at McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton, while Mercedes’ newfound interest with Brawn GP could see the hitherto McLaren-linked Nico Rosberg make the switch to the Brackley team.

According to the Daily Mirror, Raikkonen, who raced with McLaren between 2002 and 2006, has signed an “outline agreement” with the Woking team, paving the way for a contract to be signed for 2010.

The newspaper cites “paddock sources” and says that the 29-year-old Finn will be willing to vacate his Ferrari seat for Fernando Alonso, but only if the Italian team pays his salary.