Kimi Raikkonen confesses ‘secret’ fitness habit he hid from all his teams during F1 career – “I never mentioned it to them”

Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is arguably one of the most popular drivers to have graced the sport owing to his unique personality.

He mostly did what he felt like, with little regard to the social convention, something that was even more blatant after he was forced to retire from the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix due to an engine problem.

Kimi Raikkonen. Credit:
Kimi Raikkonen. Credit:

After finishing the race, the Finn strode through the tunnel and instead of joining his team in the puts, went off to sail privately on his yacht.

After retiring from the race in Monaco, Raikkonen famously walked through the famous tunnel and went straight to his yacht, rather than back to the pits.

The race continued, but videos surfaced of Raikkonen chilling with his friends on the yacht that he had docked near the venue, making this moment part of F1 folklore.

Drivers often have strict restrictions imposed on them by their teams during the season and even in the off-season.

Kimi, though, was never one for rules. Seeing him at a nightclub was not a unique sight either.

He had once famously carried an inflatable dolphin into a club, before passing out on the same dolphin in the street later in the night.

His unique, no f***s-given attitude instantly meant that he would be a hit with the fans. His aura only grew further as a result of his phenomenal driving ability.

Currently, he lives with his wife and kids in Switzerland and opened up on one of the secrets that he has kept from all of his teams while being part of the sport.

Kimi has always been a big fan of karting events and confessed that he would often go riding himself during the off-season, something that he was aware his team would never approve of.

“Sometimes I went riding in small club races but it was just for fun,” Raikkonen said.

“I have a small track at home here with the kids.”

Although Kimi was quick to assert that it was never “high level”, his justification behind doing this was to aid his fitness routine.

“I did not race at a high level and I felt it was part of my fitness programme,” Raikkonen said.

“I don’t know what any of my teams thought about it as I never mentioned it to them!”

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