WATCH: Kimi Raikkonen Complains of ‘Some Sh*t’ During F1 Practice at Sochi

Published 09/25/2021, 7:33 AM EDT
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


Following his shock retirement announcement ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen missed the last two legs of the recently concluded triple-header after testing positive for coronavirus. Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica replaced the Finnish driver for both races.

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Fortunately, the Iceman has now recovered from the virus and is back this weekend for the Russian Grand Prix. However, during the Free Practice 2 session, the 2007 world champion reported he was still feeling discomfort from getting something in his eye during FP1.

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Kimi Raikkonen informed on his radio: “I still have some s**t. I got something in my eye in the practice 1. Still something.”

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As quoted by GPFans, when asked if he had tuned in while he was away from the grid, Raikkonen replied, “Not fully, no. I don’t remember what happened but, you know, I watched the start and some laps here or there but not the full thing.

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“I mean, obviously racing would have been nice, for sure. [There were] some interesting end results for the race, but it was what it was and I was at home so it was okay.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge.

“Obviously [Alfa Romeo] wished for a better end result for both of them, but that’s how it went and it is not easy [for Kubica] to come back after not driving for a long time and go in the race. They did the best they could,” concluded the veteran driver.

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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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