There’s a reason they call Kimi Raikkonen the ‘Iceman’ so it’s no surprise the Ferrari driver isn’t allowing rumors surrounding his retirement to get him hot and bothered.
Raikkonen’s future has been the subject of much speculation with talk of him leaving the sport sweeping through the paddock over the past few weeks.
But the 34-year-old Finn, who sits 10th in the drivers’ championship, says he is only concentrating on finishing his career with Ferrari.
“I’m not a young guy anymore so obviously I want to do something more in my life than just Formula One,” Raikkonen, who is set to become a father early next year, told CNN’s The Circuit.
“But I have no plans, I will finish my career at Ferrari, we’ll see in the future.”
Ferrari is enduring a difficult time with the team having failed to win a drivers’ title since Raikkonen triumphed in 2007, while it currently trails Mercedes by 292 points in the constructors’ championship.
On Wednesday the Scuderia announced changes to its management structure, with Luca di Montezemolo, the man who presided over two decades of great success since taking up the role of chairman in 1991, to step down on October 13.
Two years after becoming world champion, Raikkonen quit the sport after being pushed out of the team following Fernando Alonso’s arrival.
He spent two years trying his hand at rallying before returning to the sport with Lotus in 2011.
It was during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July that rumors of Raikkonen’s impending retirement began to surface.
But Raikkonen, who began his F1 career with Sauber in 2001, says suggestions he is planning to leave the sport before his deal expires in 2015 are wide of the mark.
“No I never said that,” responded Raikkonen after being asked if he had said he was ready to quit the sport.
“The only thing that I said was that I will finish my career in Ferrari, F1 career in Ferrari, then people came up with ‘it’s end of this year, it’s now, it’s then’.
“With newspapers they just try to make rumors, wanting to be the guy that writes something up, it’s just rumors.”
[ Source: cnn.com ]
F1 Racing October 2014 issue includes a good chat with Kimi about his season, car troubles and future plans:
In F1 Racing magazine’s September 2014 issue is a feature on Kimi Raikkonen and John Surtees appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June this year. It was a historic meeting of two Ferrari legends and their championship winning masterpieces. In this interview, Kimi talks about meeting Surtees, the cars, being at Goodwood for the first time and his current season. I’ve taken pictures of the article, enjoy :)
When Kimi Met John
Resting and recouping
There has been some talk about my accident in Silverstone. Well, obviously it was one of the worst crashes I have ever had in Formula One.
Going so straight to the barrier from high speed there is no time to do too much. The cockpit is built very tight, there is no room to move your legs. And yes, it did hurt. I got bruises everywhere, and I had to rest some time and recoup my strengths.
Now everything is OK and I am looking forward to jump back to car and start working again to get things going better and better to the direction where we all want to the car to be.
As I have always said, there are certain risks in this business. You cannot make any motorsport 100% safe. Sometimes it just happens. But now it is in the past and I am just looking ahead for the new challenges to beat.
My history with German Grands Prix is nothing to remember. I have always liked both Hockenheim and Nurburgring, but from one reason or another we have never got the weekend perfectly right.
Actually my last visits to Germany have not been too bad. We got a podium both times. So at least, I can say, it has been going in better direction.