Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he is much happier at Alfa Romeo. This is largely because he has fewer responsibilities aside from just driving the car. The veteran Finn and 2007 World Champion moved back the team that gave him his F1 debut in 2001, from Ferrari.
Recently, Kimi Raikkonen was asked if he was happier after switching from Ferrari to Alfa Romeo. Needless to say, the Iceman has no regrets over his decision and is happy where he is.
Speaking to Racefans, he said, “Obviously in the big picture we want to be faster and have better results. But if you take that away what [when it] comes to working it’s been very nice.”
“There’s not [as] many people [as] let’s say Ferrari or other teams, [there] might be some places you lack a bit on that side. But that’s what I knew is a difference, that’s what makes a difference between big teams and smaller teams.”
“Apart from that it’s given me more freedom to do what I want outside of racing. I don’t need to run all kind of promotions all the time. I appreciate that much more than maybe people even think about. For me my own time is priceless. It’s definitely been much better.”
This season, Kimi Raikkonen has been very quick and has almost always had the measure of his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. In the last race in Austria, the Finn, along with McLaren driver Lando Norris, were as high as 4th and 5th at the start of the race. They even held their own against the likes of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel for a while.
This weekend, the paddock heads to the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Give the pace of the Alfa Romeo, a good points haul should be expected by both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.