Romain Grosjean Reveals Kimi Raikkonen’s “No Bulls**t” Message When He Became His F1 Teammate in 2012

Published 10/20/2021, 4:42 PM EDT
Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


At the beginning of the 2012 season of Formula One, Lotus found themselves starting the season with an interesting pair of drivers. One of them was Kimi Raikkonen, returning to Formula one after a hiatus of two years, during which he competed in the World Rally Championship.

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Alongside the 2007 Driver’s World Champion was a French driver returning to Formula One after a small unsuccessful stint in 2009. Coming to Formula One on the back of the GP2 title victory in 2011, Grosjean also had the ‘total’ support of Total, the main sponsor of Lotus. Recently, Romain Grosjean revealed the welcome message that Kimi had for him when they started driving for Lotus.

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Grosjean reveals that Kimi didn’t want any bulls**t

In the Australian Podcast ‘In the Fast Lane’ Romain Grosjean recalled the message that Kimi gave him when the French driver joined Lotus as a teammate of Kimi Raikkonen. “Let’s say that Raikkonen’s communication is the exact opposite of his long career,joked Grosjean.  “Kimi always went straight to the point in a clear and concise way. His message that he sent me at the end read like this: ‘I’m happy for you, let’s make sure that there is no bullshit between us, see you soon.”

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on after stopping on track during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It’s very typical of Kimi Raikkonen to get to the point in a very straightforward way without beating around the bush. The two-year stint for Lotus was pretty satisfactory for both of the drivers. The team lacked the financial resources to develop a car that was capable of shaking up the hierarchy that was being upheld by Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes. But still, the two drivers made the best of what they had by scoring quite a few podiums.

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Romain Grosjean believes Kimi is one of the best in the last 20 years

Grosjean also mentioned that Raikkonen has been one of the best drivers F1 has seen in the last 20 years. “Especially in recent years he hasn’t had a car up to par” – added Grosjean – “but Kimi has been one of the best drivers of the last twenty years. and has always obtained the best available.” 

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

This is Kimi’s last season in F1. He has already announced his retirement, and it is quite clear that he will be dearly missed by everyone, from people in the paddock to us Formula One fans.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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