“I had fun and I did it my way. I wouldn’t change a single thing,” Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen said on Thursday, a day after announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of this season.
“My initial plan was to stop before my 30s but it really has not been like that … Several times, over the years, I came close to quitting, one day or another, in the middle of the season or a week. .. “, said the Alfa Romeo driver at the press conference prior to the Netherlands Grand Prix.
“It was finally today, not shortly after what I had planned, but I left Formula 1 for a few years (in 2010 and 2011). Without this, I might not be here today. I tried to do rallies at that time and it is good to experience others. things. Fortunately Formula 1 is not my whole life, “he added.
Known as ‘Iceman’ for his calm and little taste for interviews, the pilot will turn 42 on October 17. He is the oldest in F1, ahead of the Spanish Fernando Alonso, 40 and world champion in 2005 and 2006.
“Right now I don’t have a plan, other than taking vacations. I don’t want to start with a plan that is scheduled to the minute, as I have done for 18 or 19 years. That is one of the reasons why I want to do something else. I have family obligations. and I don’t want my family life to be dictated by F1, “he added.
“For the rest, I do not feel pressured. Maybe I will keep running, maybe not,” he said about whether he will continue in another specialty of the automobile.
Finally the world champion in 2007 with Ferrari took stock of his career.
“It has been a good period, I am happy for what I have achieved. I wanted to win a championship, I approached several times and I achieved it with Ferrari. I had fun, I did things my way and if I would change something, maybe I would not be here! I can’t complain!”, He concluded.