Kimi Raikkonen: 2022 F1 Regulations Won’t Influence Retirement Decision

Published 03/23/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 19: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Alfa Romeo Racing looks on at the roll out of the Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Kimi Raikkonen is a veteran of F1 and will enter his 20th season on the grid in 2021. However, fans are skeptical if they will see “The Iceman” in 2022. Fortunately, the Finnish driver has said that the new regulations won’t decide his future.

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The Finn will continue to drive for Alfa Romeo alongside Antonio Giovinazzi. Raikkonen only scored 4 points last season, which saw him finish 16th in the driver’s championship. However, he still remains motivated and hopes to have a successful season in 2021. He knows the change in the F1 rules in 2022 won’t be the deciding factor if he throws in the towel.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Kimi Raikkonen speaks on stage at the Richard Mille – RM 50-04 Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for Richard Mille)

Kimi Raikkonen won’t be affected by 2022 rules

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The new rules will see the grid get more competitive, but “The Iceman” stated it won’t affect his choice. In an interview with Sky Sports, he said.”I think everybody is excited to see what happens, but honestly, it doesn’t really dictate if I am racing or not.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN -Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Alfa Romeo Racing looks on at the roll out of the Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Raikkonen added, “But I hope for the sport, everybody helps the sport. It does what it is planned to do.”

The Iceman gives his first impression about the new power unit

While doing pre-season testing in Bahrain, Raikkonen had a hard time trying to tell the difference between last year’s engine to this year’s.

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He said, “It’s impossible to compare it to something we’ve run last year in different conditions.“If it’s hundreds of horsepower, for sure then you can tell, but I’m sure that it’s better, but I’m also sure that the others have not just stayed the same and where they were last year.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“So we’ll have to wait until the race to see where we are, but I’m sure that it’s a step forward,” he concluded.

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The Finnish driver, despite being older than most drivers on the grid, still has a lot of talent behind the wheel. Fans are excited to see the veteran ply his trade for another year in F1 and prove that age is just a number.

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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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