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Kimi: I’ll finish my F1 career at Ferrari

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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 ]

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6 responses

  1. Leonardo

    When Kimi finally leaves the sport – whether next year or in 2016 – this website will also come to a close. It will indeed be the end of an era all in itself.

    But let’s cross that bridge when we come to it, hey 🙂

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    September 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • This place will no longer have a purpose… Sad 😦 But I’ll keep it online anyway 🙂

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      September 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      • Jaykay

        You are a heroine and you do a fantastic job – thank you so much.

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        September 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  2. Jaykay

    The rumours and speculation supposedly “sweeping through the paddock” are down to one man – David Croft, the Sky Sports commentator. He gossips, speculates and lobbies non-stop. for Kimi to be replaced by Jules Bianchi, which is both incredibly rude and disrespecful to a fantastic driver and former world champion in my opinion. I’m rapidly losing all respect for the Sky Sports presenters, who are becoming an unprofessional bunch of gossipy old women.

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    September 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  3. Gio

    Hahaha, I wonder why the media,especially the british ones, think that kimi should act appropiatly when they are subjective towards non-british drivers e.g rosberg and last year towards vettel and all the boring victories.
    Judging Kimi’s performance this year should be done in a comprehensive manner and not partially meaning luca is expected to go, the team principle was fired, car lacking performance etc etc..I dont see this entirely as kimi’s fault or wrong doing

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    September 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

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