Kimi Raikkonen Explains the Real Pleasures of Retirement from F1

Published 12/18/2021, 12:28 PM EST
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


F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen ended his time in F1 after a career spanning nearly two decades. The former world champion appeared in his 349th and final Grand Prix start at the Yas Marina Circuit last Sunday. The Finn got a much-deserved farewell from his team after the Qatar GP. In the last race, Kimi Raikkonen’s car was decorated with a message that sums up his thoughts on retirement; the Alfa Romeo of Raikkonen said, “Dear Kimi, We will leave you alone now.”

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The Finn is loved for his human qualities, straightforward approach, and on-track heroics. Notably, he was also voted “driver of the day” in his last race in Abu Dhabi even after the DNF result. He recently revisited his F1 days and his thoughts on retirement.

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Raikkonen says that he is not afraid to head into the post-racing life. He carries an image of a driver who hates doing interviews, following up on tight schedules, and doing things his way while not on track.

Kimi Raikkonen is not afraid of a different life

The F1 star and the last driver to win the world championship for Ferrari has lived his racing career to the fullest. The 42-year-old took a call mid-way this season to bid goodbye to the sport at the end of 2021. As per a recent interview reported by Automotor und Sport,  Kimi said that he is not afraid to head into a completely different life.

“Traveling became too much for me. I’ve been away from home too often. This is my place now. I hate schedules. I’ve lived it all my life. Now I’m looking forward to going into the day without any fixed plans,” said Kimi.

“No(I’m not afraid), I’m looking forward to it. Many people have prophesied to me: If you are at home for six months, the ceiling will fall on your head. If this has happened to them, or if they feel this bad, then maybe they should find a new home or another family,” replied Kimi in his typical straightforward style.

“I love being at home and am looking forward to spending more time with my family and doing normal things. My free time is more important to me than anything else,” he added.

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Notably, Raikkonen took a break from F1 for two years in 2009-10. He pursued his passion for rally racing in those years. He made an inevitable return to F1 the following year. Now that he is leaving the sport, he is excited and relaxed to be a “happy man with no plans”.

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The Iceman has left an unmatchable legacy in the sport and will always remain a favorite of F1 enthusiasts and drivers alike.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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