“I’ll Never Forget” – Rosberg Recalls Raikkonen’s Heartening Gesture Amid His F1 Retirement

Published 09/02/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Kimi Raikkonen announced his retirement from Formula One yesterday. The 2007 world champion took to social media to inform the world about his decision. We will always remember the Finn as one of the fastest drivers that the sport has ever seen.

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Former world champion Nico Rosberg congratulated Kimi on a remarkable career. In his message, Rosberg mentioned that he always be grateful to Raikkonen for his kind gesture towards him.

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Nico Rosberg recalls an unforgettable gesture by Kimi Raikkonen

Formula One had brought on some rule changes at the end of the 2013 season. The sport was entering the Turbo-Hybrid era of engines in the 2014 season. Another change was that the sport had allowed drivers to choose their own numbers for their cars.

Raikkonen initially wanted to take the number 6 but chose 7 in the end.

” I mean, there was a chance that I take 6 because I won the championship with it. But I knew that Rosberg wanted [6] because his father won the championship with it so I just keep what I had and that’s fine for me,” said Raikkonen on why he chose 7 as his number.

Nico Rosberg thanked Kimi for this gesture in his congratulatory post for the Alfa Romeo driver.

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“This is a gesture I’ll never forget. Thank you, Kimi. An absolute legend of our sport… all the best for what’s coming next Enjoy the time with your family!” wrote Rosberg while wishing Raikkonen.

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Antonio Giovinazzi also wishes the best for his Alfa Romeo teammate

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Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi also took to social media to wish his teammate on his incredible career. Gio wrote,In the history of F1, you left a mark that few others have. I’ll always be grateful for having had the privilege of being your teammate. Thank you, Maestro.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Raikkonen’s announcement has started the silly season in F1 as it leaves his seat in Alfa Romeo empty for next season. Although it looks like fellow Finn and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will take his seat for the next season to make way for Russell in Mercedes.

Kimi leaves Formula One as one of the most decorated drivers in its history. His record for most starts in the sport will always be a reminder of his passion for the sport.

Tell us your favorite Kimi moments in F1.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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