Raikkonen also eyeing Williams co-ownership

According to Bild newspaper, the only missing piece in Kimi Raikkonen’s return to F1 with Williams in 2012 is an official announcement. The German newspaper said a media statement could be forthcoming from the British team this week, which was pleasing news for his friend Sebastian Vettel.

“He is a sensationally good racer and it would be great if he is coming back,” said the back to back world champion.

As ever in Formula One, however, there is more to the story. “The Raikkonen case is complicated,” agreed Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

The report said Raikkonen, 32, wants to return not only as a driver but also a co-owner of Williams’ Oxfordshire based team.

“Standing behind Raikkonen are wealthy businessmen, apparently from the Middle East,” said Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that the Raikkonen consortium is eyeing up to 20 per cent of the famous British marque.

Raikkonen co-owned a Formula 3 team with his managers David and Steve Robertson between 2004 and last year.

Williams, however, might not be interested, with the report saying Raikkonen could also be eyeing a similar deal with Renault, the Genii-owned team that next year will become Lotus.