Ahead of the final two races of his long career in Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen said that he saw no need to get emotional about leaving.
Raikkonen’s career has spanned 351 Grand Prix, set to be 353 by the end of the 2021 season. His first F1 race was the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, when 2021 F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda was under a year old.
Reflecting on the Saudi Arabian and Abu Dhabi grands prix being his last in the sport, Raikkonen said “I don’t know why I would get emotional about it.
“I’m looking forward to it [retirement.] I’m happy that it’s soon over. So it’s nothing sad, nothing bad about it. I think it’s good.”
Raikkonen’s career was celebrated by his Alfa Romeo team with a special event at their factory in Hinwil, Switzerland last week. He said he had “not much to tell” about it but that “obviously it was nice to see all the people.
“[It was] the last time I go there, so I went with the family, stayed there for a while and so I saw all the people and signed quite a bit of stuff for them,” he continued. “It was nice.”
Pending retirement would not affect the way that Raikkonen approaches the final two races this year, he said. “Obviously it’s just any other race: we try to do as well as we can.
“We have a new track and we’ll see what happens, but I’ll do the normal stuff as always, and hopefully get some decent results and have some fun on the way.”
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