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Ironman Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula 1 champion, has started more F1 races than anyone else in history.
The 42-year-old Finn will compete after the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on Sunday Check out a Formula 1 résumé that includes 21 wins (15th all-time), 18 poles (16th place) and the record for most starts in F1 with 349.
Raikkonen gets that record for most starts Probably lose in 2022, however, as the still active Fernando Alonso is only 16 starts behind.
How will Raikkonen be remembered? Well, it won’t be for his final pre-race F1 press conference. Journalists expecting a well-founded dissertation on a well-lived racing life got something different.
On Thursday, Raikkonen was asked in Abu Dhabi about his feelings about how he would go into the last race weekend of his F1 career, which began in 2001. The racing driver behaved almost as if he had been surprised by the most obvious questions.
Then Raikkonen was asked if he thought he would get a little emotional on Sunday when he was in a Formula 1 for the last time. The car is buckling up.
So Raikkonen will not be one of the big word forges in Formula 1 history. But he’ll go down as a champion. His reticent attitude towards press conferences, especially in the last few years when he graduated as a backmarker with the Alfa Romeo team, is refreshing in a quirky way and suits someone nicknamed « The Iceman ».
In last season it wasn’t his style to make headlines off-track. Intentional or not, Raikkonen didn’t make the 2021 season his personal winning lap to celebrate his two decades in the sport. He’s pretty much stayed away from the soapbox when social problems creep into the sport.
« Winning the championship is definitely the best, » he said. “That’s why everyone is here, but there have been many other good races and other bad races. But that’s part of the game, you know. I think anything you do for many years you will have, you know. It’s part of I think it’s okay. It’s very little things that make the difference between good and bad. When you’re in a good car, these little things make up the bottom line. Lots of good memories.
« I’ve lived a large part of my life here and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. It has never been the most important thing in my life. It’s nice that it is coming to an end. I’m looking forward to it a normal life afterwards. «
Raikkonen gets an impression of what a normal life will look like this weekend when Ms. Minttu and her two young children are in Abu Dhabi to see the driver off.
» It is nice, « said Kimi. « I think it will be more emotional for my wife. I doubt the kids will really care. I think they will find other things that are more interesting and I think they look forward to coming. » a warm country and being by the pool and other things. «
After this weekend, Raikkonen will likely take on the role of a stay-at-home father for a while as he plans his next race. says the driver, really didn’t think much. When it comes to Raikkonen, who even tried the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Truck Series in 2011 and tried his hand at rallies, you never know where he’ll end up next.
» Right now I haven’t looked at anything other than ending the year and then we’ll see if some interesting things come out of it, « he said. » If it makes sense, I might do it, but right now I have zero plans. I don’t want to make plans. I’m looking forward to the less hectic schedule. We’ll see if we do something or not in the future. «
And finally, Raikkonen, whose last F1 win was in Austin in 2018, got up the way to the door asked if he had one The choice is who will win this year’s F1 championship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. And Raikkonen, like even the most casual F1 fans, has his favorite.
« To be honest, whoever has the most points wins, » he said. « I don’t know if whoever wins is right or wrong. It doesn’t matter to me who wins, but if I had to choose which one, I would probably choose Red Bull to win it. Anything different, you know. «
Say it in carbon: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN presents Kimi and Antonio in Abu Dhabi with paintwork 🤩 pic.twitter.com/jh3HYKkl0X
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