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Raikkonen interest is proof of progress - Boullier

ESPNF1 Staff
September 20, 2010 « Gutierrez promoted to Sauber reserve driver | »
Renault has taken three podiums this season © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen's interest in a Renault drive next year is proof of the team's progress this season, according to team boss Eric Boullier.

Boullier revealed last week that the 2007 world champion approached his outfit about an F1 return but that the team is still weighing up its options. Raikkonen has insisted in the past that he would only return to F1 with a team that could win races and Boullier believes his recent interest is a compliment.

"It's flattering, because it shows that our team is again attractive to a Formula One world champion," he told AFA.

Boullier said the team had made significant progress so far this year after it ended the 2009 season with an uncompetitive car and under the cloud of the Crashgate scandal.

"Our simulations show that our car has improved by about 1.75 seconds between the first test and now," he added. "We have been one of the teams with the greatest progressions. That is a true source of satisfaction. We have proved the team has the qualities to operate at the highest level."