Retired F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen has become the boss of a motocross team, taking the next step after his F1 career.
Raikkonen retired from F1 at the end of the 2021 season. He left behind an illustrious career glittering with wins, podiums, pole positions and a world championship.
Now that he has said goodbye to one branch of motorsport, he looks to have picked up another. He swapped four wheels for two as he took over the reins of a factory motocross team.
Raikkonen has become the boss of a motocross team, with his team set to take part in the MXGP. The Finn and past motocross GP winner Antti Pyrhonen have been involved in the series for a decade, but it will be the first time the Iceman will be running the team.
“It’s no secret that, for me, one of my great passions in life for many years has been motocross, but this team is not what you might call a hobby,” Raikkonen said after taking over as Team Principal for KRT MXGP,” as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“It’s very serious, very focused and we aspire to be the best we possibly can,” the 2007 world champion continued.
“Now I have retired from racing I will be able to spend more time on this project; not on the daily issues, but more from a strategic point of view using my experience of how teams work and what creates success on the world stage.
“Everyone, including myself, is delighted that Kawasaki has chosen us to be the Factory team. I know that the chance of success is always greater with direct factory support so this translates into a great opportunity for us as the new Kawasaki Racing Team in MXGP.”