Kimi Raikkonen, you know, it is not one of many words. So the announcement of the retirement from racing at the end of the current season could only take place via social media.
Too bad that, having chosen to communicate the decision the most intense period of the year characterized by three consecutive GPs, the Finn was “forced” to argue what is the theme on the day of the paddock on the eve of the weekend. Dutch GP.
In Zandvoort we will return to racing after 36 years. The last time happened in 1985 with the victory of the late Niki Lauda and of the drivers of the 2021 World Championship Kimi is the only one who was already born at the time, since he will shut down in a few weeks 42 candles.
In short, the moment had arrived and Iceman is already thinking about the after-races starting the conference with the most popular theme of the champions who leave the sport: the refusal to the idea of plan for the future…:
“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I don’t want to have a calendar with things planned from time to time – Kimi Raikkonen cut short – I’ve had it for about twenty years, now for sure I want to relax and do more. Life is not just about racing, I will dedicate myself to my family but I am not in a hurry. I still haven’t thought about my next engagements. There will be opportunities, but I will evaluate them gradually, I’m not interested in thinking about them at the moment ”.
According to Raikkonen, one of the secrets of his longevity is having also done “normal things” outside the race…: “I have lived a lot outside the Circus, doing normal things and I think it’s something that has helped me a lot. Now the focus is all on my family, I want to take my children to school for example ”.
Understandable, as there would be some regret for a career that promised a lot at the beginning, but that he only saw him win a World Cup, In the 2007 with Ferrari, whose “family” the Finn is still part of, driving theAlfa Romeo motorized own Ferrari.
Not predictable given Kimi’s qualities as a driver. Just as it was unimaginable that almost 15 years later they never celebrated a World Cup in Maranello.
Raikkonen obviously remembered with affection his years with the Red, driving which he won 10 of the 21 GPs in total won in his career that saw him close the World Cup in second place with the McLaren in 2003 and 2005:
“I have no regrets. I had a good career, I am happy with what I have achieved, with the 21 GPs I have won and with the World Championship. I am happy with my time in Ferrari and to have won the title with them. But also of the times when I only came close to winning ”.
Raikkonen’s career was then sealed by a warm greeting from Lewis Hamilton: “Kimi has had a great career, I think he wants to enjoy his family, but he will always have racing in his blood. I lost a World Cup against him and we lived through great battles together. I think he is one of the best riders of the modern era, very tough but at the same time very correct ”.
OMNISPORT | 02-09-2021 16:55