F1 legend Kimi Raikkonen in ‘extended talks’ to drive alongside Jimmie Johnson in IndyCar

THE ICEMAN could be set for a return to single seater racing.

Former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen, 42, is reportedly in talks to join IndyCar on a part-time basis in 2023 and shares a seat with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, 47.

Raikkonen won the Formula 1 World Championship with Ferrari in 2007

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Raikkonen won the Formula 1 World Championship with Ferrari in 2007Photo credit: AFP
Raikkonen finished 37th at Watkins Glen after a fall

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Raikkonen finished 37th at Watkins Glen after a fall
Johnson's seven NASCAR Cup Series titles are surpassed only by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt

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Johnson’s seven NASCAR Cup Series titles are surpassed only by Richard Petty and Dale EarnhardtPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The news was reported by Brazilian outlet Uol Esporte, which said the team in question is Chip Ganassi Racing – for whom Johnson raced in 2021 and 2022.

The report suggests Raikkonen would race on circuits while Johnson would take on the ovals.

Raikkonen spent nineteen years in Formula One, taking 21 wins and 103 podiums after driving for McLaren, Sauber/Alfa Romeo, Lotus and Ferrari.

Raikkonen retired from Formula 1 after the 2021 season and is second in all-time Formula 1 starts.

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And the flying Finn is no stranger to racing in the US, having competed in an Xfinity Series race for NEMCO Motorsports and a Truck Series event for Kyle Busch Motorsports back in 2011.

Fast forward to 2022, and Raikkonen returned to give NASCAR another shot by competing for the Trackhouse Racing team at Watkins Glen in August.

Johnson, on the other hand, is one of the most successful racers in NASCAR history with 83 Cup Series wins and seven championships for Hendrick Motorsports – the most in the history of the series.

In 2021, Johnson switched to IndyCar and secured two top ten and one top five finishes last season.

In September, Johnson announced that he would not be returning to IndyCar for another full season, instead focusing on bucket-list events.

Raikkonen ended his Formula 1 career with Alfa Romeo Orlen Racing

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Raikkonen ended his Formula 1 career with Alfa Romeo Orlen RacingCredit: EPA
Johnson finished fifth in Iowa last season — his highest IndyCar finish

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Johnson finished fifth in Iowa last season — his highest IndyCar finishCredit: AP

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