Nov.29 (GMM/ Kimi Raikkonen will return to formula one in 2012, the Lotus Renault GP team announced on Tuesday.

The former McLaren driver, 2007 world champion and winner of 18 grands prix, who left F1 after the 2009 season with Ferrari, has “signed a two-year agreement”, a media statement read.

“My time in the world rally championship has been a useful stage in my career as a driver, but I can’t deny the fact that my hunger for F1 has recently become overwhelming,” the 32-year-old Finn is quoted as saying.