Michael Schumacher says he would welcome Kimi Raikkonen making a return to Formula 1, both for the on-track challenge and some off-track fun.
With Raikkonen (LEFT) believed to be in contention for a seat at Williams next year, Schumacher sees no reason why the Finn should not be able to perform well after three years away from the F1 cockpit.
"I am not favoring to give any suggestion, but the main point I would like to say is that I would be very happy to see him back," said Schumacher about the possibility of a Raikkonen return. "We have had some very good times and I look forward for some on-track and off-track occasions – it will be good!"
Schumacher knows first hand about the challenges of returning to F1 after a break, but thinks there should be little reason why Raikkonen would not be able to deliver.
"In the end, you think, 'How much can you recall your potential? How much can you drive the car to its limit?' That is the main concern that I answered right away at the first test. It took me probably 15 laps to sort of get back and drive the car, not at its full limit, but close. And from then on it is just a matter of time. I am pretty sure with Kimi he is capable of doing so."
When asked about what he reckoned Raikkonen was thinking about of his possible return, Schumacher said: "The only thing I am thinking is that he thinks completely different! So there is no point in you trying to figure out what I am thinking about and relating it to him. I leave it to you..."