Kimi Raikkonen is not worried about leaving F1, and has given a response in typical Kimi fashion about his plans after retirement.
Raikkonen will be retiring from F1 at the end of the season, drawing the curtains on an illustrious career. The Alfa Romeo driver will depart having won a world championship and the hearts of millions during his time in the sport.
The Finn will achieve one last milestone before he leaves, and that is the record of the most races started in F1 history. Raikkonen will have 349 to his name, and will no doubt miss the sport like it will miss him.
If that’s what you think, you don’t know the Iceman well enough. Raikkonen stated that he is not worried about leaving F1, and that the thrill he gets from it can always be replaced by doing something else.
“I don’t think I have to replace it (the thrill of F1),” Raikkonen said, as quoted by the official F1 website.
“It’s a very normal thing that we do, at least for me. I’ve done it for many, many years, so it’s not like it’s any different than driving a car in many ways.
“Obviously, if you have some fights or if you go off in the wrong place, you feel the speed, but I guess there are many other things that I do that are much more scary in many ways.”
Raikkonen was asked about what plans he had to capture some excitement, and he deadpanned his response like always.
“Obviously at home with the kids can be quite exciting sometimes, you never know!” he continued.
“I try to do motocross when I can, and more often you feel more scared there then in here. (F1’s) a very normal thing for us. Is it exciting? What is exciting? It feels quite normal for us to drive.
“Obviously, when you have a long break and you drive first time an F1 car again (sic), it feels fast, but then it kind of (becomes) a very normal thing,” he concluded.