Kimi Räikkönen already made it clear when he retired at the end of the Formula 1 season that he would not really miss Formula 1 and that he would not feel the need to get back into a racing car immediately.
Speaking to ‘Motorsport.com’, the Finn openly admits that the season finale in Abu Dhabi could indeed have been the last time he raced professionally. “It could be, very simple – but on the other hand it could also be that I’m completely wrong,” says the 42-year-old.
After retiring from Formula 1, he has not yet made any plans, and quite consciously: “For the first time in a long time, my work schedule does not dictate my whole life – and that of my family. Me I’m also looking forward to this time.”
Looking to the future, however, Raikkonen does not rule anything out. It is “everything is possible”. The Finn is confident that he will receive offers for racing: “I’m sure that some nice things will come up. And if there is something that makes sense, why not do it? ”
After Räikkönen left Formula 1 for the first time at the end of 2009 to take some time off, he took part in a number of rallies – including a total of 21 appearances in the World Rally Championship – and even completed 2011 two NASCAR appearances before starting the season 2012 returned to Formula 1.
But now he is in a “completely different” narrative than when he left Formula 1. Turn out to mean that he cannot commit to a similarly full racing calendar, emphasizes Raikkonen: “It’s a completely different story.”
“During this time I drove rallies and, although not as busy (as in Formula 1; editor’s note), was already very busy. Then I drove NASCAR and tested for Le Mans and this and that. It’s a whole different story now.”
After all, Räikkönen now has a family with his wife Minttu and their two children. “It’s nice to spend time at home. You don’t always have to say: ‘I’m here, I’m here, and after – let’s say – a week you know that you have to go again. I’m looking forward to.