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2010-09-20 12:59
'Flattering' is how Renault's team boss Eric Boullier has described Kimi Raikkonen's interest in driving for the French team.

The 2007 World champion's manager has confirmed reports that he and Raikkonen, who has switch to the World Rally championshp, had spoken with Boullier about the vacant 2011 seat alongside Robert Kubica.

The 30-year-old Finn switched to rallying after winning 18 GP's in 10 years for Ferrari and McLaren.

Period of decline

"It's flattering," Boullier said in a French language report from Agence France-Presse, "because it shows our team is again attractive to an F1 champion."

Renaiult, after Fernando Alonso's titles in 2005 and 2006, hit a period of decline that resulted in the French automaker selling the team to Luxembourg-based Genii Capital at the end of 2009.

"Our simulations show that our car has improved by about 1.75sec since the first test.  We've been one of the teams showing the most progress - that's a true source of satisfaction," Boullier admitted. "We've proved the team has the qualities to operate at the highest level."

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