Alfa Romeo driver Raikkonen announced on Wednesday that he would be walking away from F1 on the conclusion of the 2021 season, bringing to an finish a profession spanning over 20 years.
Raikkonen wrote in his Instagram put up asserting his retirement that it was “time for brand new issues”, however the 2007 world champion revealed in Thursday’s FIA press convention that he at present has no plans past spending time together with his household.
“No, [I have] no plans,” Raikkonen stated when requested about what he could do subsequent.
“I don’t need to have some schedule placed on, as a result of clearly the final 18, 19 years in F1, since I began, and I did rallying in these two [sabbatical] years, there was all the time a schedule, what’s coming subsequent on this date or that date.
“I don’t need that. That’s for positive one of many massive causes I needed to do one thing else, that life doesn’t go due to the race or no matter it’s, the work that’s concerned in F1.
“So I’m not in a rush. I’ve not even considered it in any respect but.
“Clearly generally you understand on this scenario for fairly some time, so there’s all the time clearly alternatives to do that or do this. However proper now, I’m not to even give it some thought.”
Raikkonen made his F1 debut in 2001, and holds the file for probably the most grand prix begins made by a driver, collaborating in each season besides 2010 and 2011 when he took a break from the collection.
Throughout that break, Raikkonen took half within the World Rally Championship and even made two appearances in NASCAR, exploring racing pursuits exterior of F1.
Kimi Raikkonen, Rally GB 2010
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However when requested by Autosport if he anticipated to pop up racing competitively sooner or later, Raikkonen was unsure, once more saying he had not given it a lot thought.
“If I’d know proper now, I’d let you know, however like I stated, I’ve zero plans,” Raikkonen stated.
“I’m not likely planning to make any plans for proper now. So like I stated, I need to benefit from the time with out the schedule. The schedule may be our household’s schedule, and I’m pleased with that.
“I’m wanting ahead to it. Who is aware of, perhaps there can be some racing, perhaps not. I actually don’t know.”
Raikkonen revealed in his announcement put up that he took the choice to make 2021 his final season in the course of the winter break, and defined on Thursday that he knowledgeable the Alfa Romeo crew proprietor across the similar time that he thought he would retire after this 12 months.
“I spoke to the proprietor of the crew, I feel it was perhaps earlier than Christmas or one thing like that,” Raikkonen stated.
“He was asking, and I stated that I used to be, I don’t keep in mind precisely, perhaps 95% positive that this is able to be it. However yeah, the top goes round this and that.”