Lewis Hamilton Makes a Surprising Admission After Kimi Raikkonen’s Abrupt F1 Retirement Call

Published 09/02/2021, 10:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Kimi Raikkonen retiring from Formula One was inevitable, and most many fans saw it coming. Lewis Hamilton is no different, and he isn’t shocked to see the Alfa Romeo driver leave the sport.

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The seven-time world champion also revealed that he was a Kimi fan growing up, and always chose the Finn’s car when he played a racing game. He also looks up to Raikkonen and his desire to race, and admits that the Iceman will be sorely missed once he leaves.

Lewis Hamilton saw Raikkonen’s retirement coming

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It was long been rumored that the Alfa Romeo driver would leave the sport at the end of the season. And just recently those rumors turned out to be true. As such, for the Mercedes driver, he wasn’t shocked about the announcement.

Speaking at the press conference, Hamilton said, “I am not surprised.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

He also looked back on his childhood, remembering how he used to support Kimi and drive his car in the game. Lewis said, “I just admire his will to continue racing. He will be missed. I remember before I got to F1 being a huge fan of Kimi’s – when I played racing games, I’d always be Kimi’s car.”

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The last of Kimi Raikkonen in Formula One

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With this being his last season on the grid, the Iceman would hope to end his career on a high. As it stands, Raikkonen has only been able to score 2 points this season for the Swiss team.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

After having a disappointing race at Spa last weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix, the Finn would hope to bounce back at Zandvoort for the Dutch GP this weekend.

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He aims to seize points for Alfa Romeo and help them gain get closer to Williams in the constructors’ championship. What are your predictions for the Iceman for the upcoming race in the Netherlands? Let us know what you think in the comment below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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