Raikkonen: “I may never set foot in the Formula 1 paddock again”


After an impressive career in Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen has said goodbye to racing in the premier class for good. He doesn’t know yet whether the Finn will miss the sport, but he is not very enthusiastic about the whole circus around the races. “Time will tell,” he says at SportsBild about missing F1. “But what I do know: racing was all I liked!”

“I may never set foot in the paddock again. Formula 1 was never my life. There were always more important things for me, nothing will change that. I didn’t stop because I didn’t have the strength anymore, but because I have better things to do than sitting on planes and staying in hotels.”

Many former drivers can still regularly be found in the paddock, but Raikkonen clearly has other priorities. Family is hugely important to the single world champion. Apart from spending time with his wife and children, he has few concrete plans. “My kids want a dog, but we don’t know yet. Maybe it’s enough for them that I spend more time at home.”

Farewell in Abu Dhabi was fine for Raikkonen

Raikkonen crashed during his final F1 race weekend, the Abu Dhabi GP. It doesn’t matter much to him though. “What’s a perfect goodbye? I’m just glad it’s over. Even the fact that I didn’t finish the last race doesn’t matter to me.”

Asked if he would like to share another piece of advice with his followers, he responds in typical Raikkonen fashion. “A lot of people have tried to give me advice, but I never listened to it. I always do my thing and have no regrets. Everyone should do what is best for themselves in life.”

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