Kimi Raikkonen Has an Adorable Reason for Retiring from F1

Published 11/13/2021, 3:49 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Kimi Raikkonen, one of most fan-favorite drivers on the F1 grid, is just 3 race weekends away from hanging his boots. Of course, this was imminent, considering the Finn is already 42-years-old and has been a part of the Formula 1 family since 2001.

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21 years in the field of motorsport is no harmonious expedition, keeping in mind the immense physical and mental drain he would have had to cope with.

Well, the announcement is here, and Raikkonen will be paving his way for the next-gen drivers. But, one big question remains; What after retirement for the 1-time world champion?

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There have been variable opinions from the fandom, with a few reckoning he might move to other competitive racing series, while some reckoning he would call it quits altogether. So, which side is Raikkonen going to take?

Kimi Raikkonen reveals his retirement plans

There are veteran drivers who are still very much active in racing like the 46-year-old Juan Pablo Montoya, who is currently competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. However, Raikkonen, for the time being, has decided to follow Nico Rosberg’s path instead.

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

The German retired from racing following his championship-winning 2016 season; He mentioned that it was time to spend the rest of his life with his family after having devoted over a decade to F1.

Similarly, Raikkonen opened up that he is planning to spend time with his family and finally embrace life without schedules. “No plans yet on anything apart from spending time with the family and having a life without the schedule that dictates the whole family’s life,” he said according to Autosport.

So that’s the plan,” the Finn added.

Can Raikkonen finish his F1 campaign on a high?

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Raikkonen had a brilliant outing in Mexico, as he managed to secure points only for the fourth time this season. Yet again, in Brazil, Alfa Romeo are looking quite strong, with Raikkonen set to start the sprint qualifying from P14. Hence, Raikkonen, for the second straight weekend has a huge chance of making it into the top 10.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Moreover, the Ferrari world champion is also just 6 points away from leap-frogging George Russell in the driver’s standings.

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So, can Raikkonen pull off a decent finish to his final F1 campaign to gift himself a pleasing send-off from racing? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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