‘I’m at a different point in my life’: Kimi Raikkonen insists his retirement from Formula 1 is different from the previous hiatus he took in in 2009

Kimi Raikkonen says his recent retirement from F1 is different from his retirement in 2009.

In early September, Raikkonen announced that the 2021 season would be his last in F1. It ended an illustrious 20-year career. The Finnish racer won 1 world championship and 21 races during his time in the sport.

Kimi won his first and only World Championship in 2007 when he played for Ferrari. However, just two years later, he left F1 to pursue other races. He did so despite being signed to drive for the Italian team in 2010.

After a two-year break from competition, the former McLaren driver returned to sport in 2012, signing with the Lotus F1 team. He then returned to Ferrari for a second period from 2014-2018. The Espoo-born driver spent the last three years of his F1 career with his former team Sauber (now Alfa Romeo Racing).

Now that the 42-year-old has once again left the field, everyone has wondered if he will return in some form in the future. Raikkonen on the other hand dismisses these suggestions, insisting that he is done with Formula 1.

“I think there are countless differences.” Raikkonen spoke on a recent episode of the ‘Beyond the Grid’ podcast.

“Obviously, I have a family, I have a reason to stay at home. This is completely different in many ways. Obviously, those are different circumstances. I am at a different point in my life.”

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Kimi Raikkonen does not see herself returning to Formula 1 in the near future

Kimi admitted that he did not see himself back on the pitch after leaving Ferrari in 2009. He previously said he had no desire to succeed in F1, and therefore decided to give up.

However, his ‘holiday’ lasted only two years. Lotus, who was rumored to have signed Iceman in 2010, but ended up acquiring him in 2012.

“If someone could]tell me I need to bet money on if I came back, I wouldn’t put any money on it.” the former world champion continued.

“I don’t think about going back. But then apparently, for various reasons, I withdrew.”

“I had a good run. And certainly, I wouldn’t change a thing. Even if it means more wins or more championships. I am happy with what I achieved. I cannot complain”. he concluded.

Raikkonen ended his final year in F1, 16th in the Drivers standings with 10 points to his name. Valtteri Bottas will move from Mercedes to Hinwil, to replace him at Alfa Romeo in 2022.

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Britta Zeltmann

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