Bernie Ecclestone Slams F1 Drivers After Kimi Raikkonen’s Exit: “They Have All Become Very, Very Much a Robot; Listening & Doing What They’re Told”

Published 01/12/2022, 6:01 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


The final race of the 2021 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the last in the long and distinguished career of Kimi Raikkonen. Having been in the sport for nearly twenty years, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone gave his thoughts on the Iceman.

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Interestingly, the British mogul thinks that there won’t anyone like him and feels that the current drivers on the grid are robotic. But most importantly, Bernie thinks that Kimi is a fantastic person.

Ecclestone feels there aren’t any more drivers like Kimi Raikkonen

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The Iceman is known for his no-nonsense character and his cold responses during press conferences. Hence, Ecclestone feels there won’t be anyone like him on the grid. Furthermore, Bernie feels that the current generation of drivers behave like robots.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 11, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking to Sport1, the former F1 boss said, “Kimi as person is a super guy, as a driver, he is a race driver. He is what you want; he races; doesn’t take an awful of a notice of people. In fact, he gives them his opinion. So there isn’t any Kimi‘s today really I don’t think, that’s the problem. They all become very very much a robot, listening and doing what they are told, rather than doing what they think is the right thing to do.”

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The Iceman gives his thoughts on his Formula One career

The 2007 world champion experienced ups and downs throughout his stint on the F1 grid. However, he has remarked that he would not have done it for so long if it weren’t for his passion for the sport.

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Speaking to Motorsports.com, the former Alfa Romeo driver said, “I wouldn’t have been doing this job for so long if I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy racing, driving and solving the problems we face. I didn’t enjoy the rest at all, but that’s part of F1.”

(Translated from Turkish via Google)

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Which of Kimi’s moments is the greatest in Formula One history? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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