Raikkonen's Sauber Move in Doubt

Sauber's hopes of signing Finn driver Kimi Raikkonen for next season could suffer a drawback as it now seems unlikely that the FIA will grant him the superlicense required to compete in Formula One.

Raikkonen's Sauber Move in Doubt

Sauber's hopes of signing Finn driver Kimi Raikkonen for next season could suffer a drawback as it now seems unlikely that the FIA will grant him the superlicense required to compete in Formula One.

The Swiss team was expected to sign Raikkonen as soon as the sport’s governing body gave him the license to race in 2001, but according to sources close to the FIA that is "very unlikely" to happen.

21-year old Raikkonen is the 2000 British Formula Renault champion, something that does not meet the FIA requirements to race in Formula One, especially considering the Finn has only competed in 23 single-seater races during his career.

The governing body's rules require a certain level of achievement in F3000, CART, or the Indy Racing League, or a victory in a national F3 championship.

Raikkonen has already tested for the Sauber team at the Mugello track, setting very impressive times, and if the FIA decides to give him the license he would first have to complete a race distance, 300km, to get it.

FIA President Max Mosley has yet to comment, but a decision is expected to be made on 7th December at the World Motorsports Council meeting in Monaco.

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