Iceman Raikkonen refuses to melt as F1 exit beckons


Sam Hall

Kimi Raikkonen will retire from his F1 career at the end of the season, but the Finn is determined to keep his “iceman” exterior.

Apart from a short two-year stint in the 2010/11 World Rally Championship, Raikkonen has been a mainstay in Formula 1 since 2001, when he began his career alongside Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya and Enrique Bernoldi.

The Alfa Romeo driver will end his time in the sport with 349 starts after spending some time with Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus before returning to the Sauber team, now Alfa Romeo, where his journey began.

When asked about the dismissal from the team at the Hinwil base on Sunday, Raikkonen said: “There isn’t much to talk about.

“Of course it was nice to see all the people. It was the last time I was there so I went with the family, we stayed there for a while and saw all the people. I signed some for them, but that was nice.

“It doesn’t matter how it is [the send-off] looks. It was wonderful. I think, you [the team] found it important. It was good.”

Despite the touching scenes shared on social media, Raikkonen asked, “Why should you get emotional?

“I am really happy and glad that it will soon be over. It’s not a sad thing [there’s] nothing sad about it. “

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