Kimi Raikkonen Delivers a No-Nonsense Response to F1’s Post on Instagram

Published 02/14/2021, 3:11 AM EST
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 03: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari on the drivers parade before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Kimi Raikkonen has always been one of a kind, whether that’s on the track or off of it. His responses in press conferences or his driving during the races, there’s almost always an element of swagger to whatever he does.

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For that very reason, the ‘Iceman’ is quite popular amongst Formula 1 fans. That said, he is also regarded as one of the more experienced drivers on the grid and commands a lot of respect.

The official Formula 1 handle recently put up a post about the 41-year-old Finn driver. But Kimi, being Kimi, showed why he was that popular amongst racing enthusiasts!

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F1 put up an interesting post relating to Kimi Raikkonen warming up his tires!

The caption of the post courtesy of F1 read, “Kimi’s so cool he doesn’t need to heat his tyres! #F1 #Formula1 #Kimi7 @kimimatiasraikkonen.”

To which Raikkonen replied, “Fact.”

Highlighting a brief clip, the video showed the 2007 F1 champion driving under a yellow flag at the 2017 Abu Dhabi GP. While the rest of the drivers were busy zigzagging to increase the temperature on their tires, the Iceman drove in a straight line, standing out of the pack!

 

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Fast forward nearly 12 months, and Raikkonen was doing the exact same action in the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP as well. Truly, there is a reason the phrase ‘racing like a boss’ applies perfectly to Kimi!

Raikkonen had a decent 2020 season and will look for more of the same this year

The 2020 F1 season saw the Finn start his 18th season in the sport, having traversed journeys at Sauber, McLaren, Lotus, and most notably, Ferrari. He even broke the record for most F1 starts in Sochi, overtaking Rubens Barrichello’s record of 322 appearances.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: 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)

From an Alfa Romeo perspective, Raikkonen will believe he gave it his all in the 2020 season. Achieving two important points finishes in Tuscany and Imola, he elevated the team’s stature to avoid the wooden spoon in the Constructors’ standings.

But as the 2021 season draws closer, so will the expectations increase from the team’s fans. Knowing Raikkonen, though, there will be nothing less than full commitment from the veteran as he enters a new campaign in a familiar style.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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