Bubba Wallace Reveals Biggest Concern With F1 Legend Kimi Raikkonen’s NASCAR Cameo: “I Hope I Don’t Junk His A**”

Published 08/18/2022, 8:56 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari looks on in the garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

At this point, it’s not even news that Formula One world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, is entering a NASCAR Cup Series race. And it’s happening this weekend at Watkins Glen! But people still wonder how he’d perform, especially considering the differences between Formula One and NASCAR. And Bubba Wallace shared his two cents on his glamorous debut. In fact, he’s worried that he’ll wreck the F1 World Champion!

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In a recent episode of Stacking Pennies with Corey Lajoie, the Spire Motorsports driver asked Bubba, “Do you think you can beat Kimi Raikkonen this weekend?” To which he replied, “I am excited to see how that’s gonna work out. Man! I’m pumped to race against him. I hope I don’t junk his a**.”

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Wallace is worried about wrecking the World Champion. He has a good reason for it, though. He explained, “Those guys rarely ever hit. They’ll swipe.” He followed the statement by slamming his hands to jokingly depict him wrecking Raikkonen, and burst out in laughter.

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Although it will be a great story for Bubba Wallace to tell his kids and grandkids as LaJoie pointed out, “You can tell your grandkids ‘Hey, I wrecked the F1 World Champion.”

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS

Although Kimi isn’t the first F1 driver to enter the Cup Series, he’s still a little special. He won the Formula One World Championship in 2007 with Ferrari, and he’s also the first ever driver to enter the series through Trackhouse Racing’s project 91 program. And he might actually be prepared, for this is not his first time in NASCAR.

Kimi Raikkonen Has Raced In NASCAR Before

This might be a surprise to some, but Kimi is not new to NASCAR. Although this is his first-ever Cup Series debut, he already had his shot in Trucks.

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The Iceman left Formula 1 in 2009 to take a break from racing. Eventually, he started competing in the World Rally Championship under the Finnish flag.

But the big turn came in 2011 when Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the 2007 World Champion will race for them in the Truck Series. Although it was a pretty limited run in the stock car series, he might be prepared for some wrecks.

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In the end, it’s going to be quite exciting to see him race. But, what do you think? Will he perform well or a mighty #23 Toyota Camry will end his debut race? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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