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Raikkonen likely to quit F1 at end of Ferrari contract

Jul 4, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he will probably retire from Formula 1 upon the expiration of his contract with Ferrari at the end of the 2015 season.

The Finn enjoyed his finest hour in F1 with the Italian marque, winning the 2007 world championship. However, relations soon soured, and he left both the team and the sport at the end of 2009.

He made a phenomenal comeback with Lotus in 2012, but after the team began to struggle financially and failed to pay Raikkonen, he opted to return to Ferrari for 2014. The move was intended to allow both the driver and the team to relive their glory days and get back to the front of the field, but he has scored just 19 points in the first eight races this year, with a best finish of seventh.

Many questions have been asked about his motivation, and he confirmed to the media in England that he will probably leave F1 to pursue other racing interests once his Ferrari deal ends.

“Until my contract expires and then I will probably stop,” Raikkonen said when asked about quitting the sport. “This is what I think is going to happen.”

Raikkonen enjoyed a spell of rallying during his break from F1, and also took part in a one-off NASCAR race. For him, solely racing in F1 is too narrow minded.

“I tried many things and I think there is no harm in it,” he said. “It doesn’t take anything from me doing F1. I think it can only help. You always learn if you try different things.”

  1. barrylibby - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Kind of a renaissance man in some ways.
    Kind of see him like drivers of old F1 .Endurance Races etc. etc..
    He is correct.

  2. worknman24hours - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    2014 spelled the end of the driver being truly connected to the controls of the car.

    When another driver,the energy recovery systems controls the braking and the way the throttle engages and the power is delivered to the pavement, Kimi knows this is never a type of racing he was trained by the decades of real racing he experienced to win in.

    Time moves on.

    Now the driver is more of a engineers stooge then a race car driver,twisting knobs and reading menus more then racing the car.

    Forced by technology to mold his racing style to the way the energy recovery system works the off throttle response and the braking of the car,then actually determining for himself what he wants the car to do.

    Kimi knows these changes,in the scope of hos Formula One career are more or less,permanent.

    I will always remember Kimi’s amazing qualifying runs at McLaren and the season and the day he never gave up and won his Formula One Driver Championship driving for Ferrari.

    Kimi ,it’s been a hell of a ride.

    Thanks for letting us ride along with you.

    The Kimster, Awesome, Always.

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