The British driver has been one of the most affected by the Finn’s retirement at the end of the season.
The retirement of Kimi Raikkonen has shaken the world of Formula 1 . The Finn will put an end to an extensive career at the end of this season and will leave a great void on the grid, which is already mourning his departure.
One of the drivers most affected by this decision is Lewis Hamilton , who confesses himself a deep and absolute admirer of Raikkonen.
“I admire his willingness to keep racing. We will miss him,” explains the Briton, who was a teenager when the Finn made his F1 debut.
“I remember before coming to F1 I was a big fan of Kimi, when I played racing games, it would always be Kimi’s,” says Hamilton.
Then, he was captivated by the skills of a Kimi, with him a few years later he would star in a beautiful battle for the title.
Kimi Raikkonen won his first and only World Championship in 2007, the year in which Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut. The Finn became champion, taking just one point ahead of his opponent.
Kimi Raikkonen: “I’ve had fun and I’ve done it my way”
Kimi Raikkonen had made the decision that he would retire in 2021 during the winter break. At the same time, the Finn told his team, Alfa Romeo, but has not wanted to make it public until now in case he changed his mind during the season.
“I spoke with the owner of the team, I think it was maybe before Christmas or something like that. So I was 95% sure that it would be like that. But the head is spinning a lot,” he says.
On what his future plans are once he leaves Formula 1, Raikkonen has nothing decided yet.
“I have no plans. I don’t want to be put on a schedule, because obviously the last 18, 19 years in F1, since I started, and in those two Saturday years that I rallied, there was always a schedule, which will come later in this or that date. “
“I don’t want that. That’s definitely one of the big reasons I wanted to do something else, that life doesn’t go through the race or whatever, the work that F1 entails. So I’m not in a rush. I’m not even in a hurry. I’ve still thought about it. I want to enjoy time without a schedule, enjoy my family,” he continues.
The ‘ice man’, as he is known on the grill for his peculiar way of being and expressing himself, wanted to make a final reflection on his career, alluding to ‘My way’ (My way), a song by Frank Sinatra: “I had a good race. I am happy with what I have achieved. I wanted to win a championship, I was close several times and I achieved it with Ferrari. I had fun and I did it my way.”
“I wouldn’t change a single thing even if I could, because otherwise, maybe we wouldn’t be sitting here today if you changed one thing along the way. I have no complaints, I really can’t complain,” he concludes.