Raikkonen announced his retirement from F1 forward of final weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, shortly earlier than he tested positive for coronavirus and had to miss the Zandvoort race weekend.
Whereas the Finn has not but made any plans about what he’ll do sooner or later, beyond spending more time with his family, Alfa Romeo is eager to faucet into his expertise and perception.
Group boss Fred Vasseur, who signed Raikkonen after he was dropped by Ferrari on the finish of 2018, stated he wish to speak to his driver sooner or later to see if they’ll proceed working collectively.
He thinks it might be fallacious, nonetheless, to attempt to rush Raikkonen into making a call about 2022 plans instantly, along with his retirement information having solely simply come out.
“I believe I noticed that already he had some proposal for different collection or one thing like this, so I believe it is a lot better to let issues settle down,” defined Vasseur.
“Then we’ll have time to debate about what we may do sooner or later. I’d be greater than eager to have Kimi on board someplace, however I believe he has to take time.
“I believe it might be a mistake [for him] to take an alternative choice right this moment, and say: ‘Okay I’ll do that, and I’ll do that.’ He has to settle down to grasp what the choice means after which it is going to be time to determine in regards to the future.”
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
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Vasseur says that though Raikkonen could not have delivered the outcomes with Alfa Romeo that each would have appreciated, there have been many nice qualities he dropped at the Swiss staff.
“He was capable of convey to the staff enormous expertise,” stated Vasseur. “He drove the final 20 years, in a successful staff, all the time combating for the championship.
“This was an enormous assist to the event of the staff. I am not talking about outcomes on the day-by-day foundation, however mid-term improvement on the challenge. He is aware of completely the place the efficiency is coming from.
“And likewise in parallel, when it comes to picture for the staff, it was an enormous push. I’d have cherished to have higher outcomes and to do extra, however that is additionally the aim of racing, that you just all the time need to do extra and to get extra. However it’s like it’s and the assist from Kimi was a powerful one.”