Kimi Raikkonen Has a Sarcastic Response to Missing Out on Key F1 Races

Published 09/23/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Kimi Raikkonen missed the Dutch Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix as he had contracted Covid-19. Now, the Finn has fully recovered and is ready to hit the ground running in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

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The Formula One community missed Kimi, as his interviews during the press conference make people’s day. So when he was asked if he saw the races he missed, Raikkonen answered in a manner that is best suited for him.

Kimi Raikkonen wasn’t interested in watching the races he missed

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When a Formula One driver misses a Grand Prix, most people would assume that he would take time out to catch the race. However, Raikkonen is an exception, as he passively watched the races, stating he was occupied with other things during his time away from the sport.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Speaking in the presser at the Russian GP in Sochi, Kimi said, “Not fully, no! I was busy. I don’t remember what happened. I watched the start and some laps here and there.”

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Raikkonen will hope to make an impact in Sochi

Ever since being ruled out for the Dutch Grand Prix and the Italian GP, Raikkonen is hoping to redeem himself in Russian. The Finn is in his last season of F1 and is hoping to not miss any of the upcoming races.

The Finn would be raring to go in tomorrow’s first practice session of the day. He hopes to bring a good result for Alfa Romeo, and seize some much-needed points for them.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

Additionally, it is the fans who have been waiting to see Kimi back in action. They are well aware that this is his last year on the grid and would to see him at every race this season before he moves on to greener pastures.

What has been your favorite Raikkonen moment so far, on & off track? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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