Kimi Raikkonen Has a Typically Sarcastic Response to His Extra Alfa Romeo F1 Work

Published 08/27/2021, 4:35 AM EDT
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


Kimi Raikkonen is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid this season with 340 race starts to his name. The 41-year-old is in his 19th season in Formula 1 and experienced an abundance of success in his illustrious career with 21 wins, 103 podiums, and notably the 2007 world championship. And despite all the experience under his belt, Raikkonen had to regularly work with simulators to improve his performance on the track.

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Because of the pandemic, Alfa Romeo was unable to use the simulator they bought in 2019. Although now they have reached the stage where they can use their new simulator effectively to boost their current season and the next season as well.

Meanwhile, when asked about his extra role in the new simulator in Hinwil, Switzerland, Kimi Raikkonen hilariously replied: “I am there often because I live closest. It is just 40 minutes, that’s the big issue.”

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Kimi Raikkonen’s frustration is a motivation for me: Frederic Vasseur

With just two points in the first half of the season, Kimi Raikkonen is frustrated with his team. Meanwhile, as quoted by Autosport, when asked about Raikkonen’s frustration, notably after the British GP when the Finnish driver lost his cool over the radio, Frederic Vasseur replied: “I think when you are a racer, and Kimi is a racer and all the team is made of racers.”

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“The reaction, when you are struggling, and you’re just out of the points because two laps before the end we are P10… then the frustration is there.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“We need to have a better car. We need to make the car quicker for sure. But we took a decision and it’s not on the aero development that will still happen.”

“You understand perfectly the frustration from the driver when he is in the car and he wants to do a better job. And I think it’s a proof of motivation for me. So I’m okay with this,” added the Alfa Romeo team principal.

Alfa Romeo currently sits P9 in the constructor’s championship, seven points behind Williams, who secured double points finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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