Feb.27 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen's former teammate has admitted he was surprised when the 2007 world champion decided to return this year to Formula One.
Scottish veteran David Coulthard shared the McLaren garage with the now 32-year-old Finn seven years ago.
He told Russia's Championat: "When the rumours began, I thought it would never happen.
"I believed he was really enjoying competing in rallying and had decided to end his Formula One career," said Coulthard.
"I am in favour (of it)," he said, "and the others are not going to have it easy because they are going to be proving their abilities against six world champions."
I believed he was really enjoying competing in rallying
And Raikkonen, Coulthard added, is one of the best.
"Last year I was with Kimi at the Red Bull Ring with Sebastian Vettel and a few others. We competed together in a variety of cars and bikes, and Kimi was quick in all of them.
"He's a real natural talent," he said.