Kimi Raikkonen returns to racing. In August, he will compete in the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen. At the end of last season, the Finn said goodbye to Formula 1 and active racing after twenty years. Nevertheless, it did not last long without the smell of gasoline vapors. Today, he officially confirmed that he will compete in the NASCAR Championship race on the Trackhouse Racing team on August 21, together with Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain. Raikkonen admitted that at first he did not seriously consider returning to the wheel, but was then convinced by a conversation with the leading men of the Trackhouse Racing team. "We talked a lot about when and where we could do it. There were a lot of different factors. It's just one race so I won't be away from my family for long either. I hope I have a good time
Kimi Raikkonen admitted that he really enjoys racing retirement and that he is not at all interested in returning to racing paddock. The Finn took his last Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi last December and then left the scene together with his wife Minttu and his children, and thus also Formula 1. This ended a successful career as a racer, which lasted with a break of 20 years . Now he wants to dedicate himself completely to his family, who have been deprived of him all this time because of sports. As the Finn said Formula 1 several times last year, he will not miss the media. "Time will tell," Kimi said when asked if and how much he will miss Formula One. “Racing was the only thing that made me happy so I may never step into a racing paddock again
After leaving Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen has no plans yet, other than to enjoy a less nervous life, away from the busy F1 schedule. The Finn competed in a record 349 Formula 1 races in his career in Abu Dhabi, but his farewell test ended prematurely due to a brake failure. The 2007 world champion, who began his Formula One career in 1, said after the race. "I have no plans for now. I'll see if there's anything interesting to offer. If it makes sense, I'll give it a try, but for now I don't have any plans and I don't want to work on them." Raikkonen has already finished his F2001 racing career once in two seasons, taking advantage of a break to compete in the WRC World Rally Championships and NASCAR. “Right now, I’m looking forward to a less crowded and nervous schedule, or not
Kimi Raikkonen is known in Formula 1 as a man of rare words and often a cold temperament. Finca was therefore nicknamed ‘Iceman? or Ice Man. The Alfa Romeo racer will drive the 18th season of the World Championship this year, and before the start of a long, hard and often hot year, he showed by jumping into the pool that the nickname still suits him. https://streamable.com/82wfsr
For many, it was a small surprise that Alfa Romeo will continue to rely on the services of Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2021 as well. The Finn extended his contract for another year despite forty-one springs, and Ferrari still trusts Giovinazzi and guarantees him a place in the team, despite a varied selection in Formula 2. The Italian sees this as a reward for good performances last season, with which he is quite satisfied: "I would say that I have improved significantly and that I felt much more comfortable in the car and in the team," he says, adding: "Every young driver he says he’s more nervous the first year and it’s all new, but now I already feel more at home in F1. ” https://www.instagram.com/p/CJBW7WbhZaz/ This was seen especially compared to teammate Kimi Räikkönen. Giovina
Kimi Raikkonen started the race for the Portuguese Grand Prix from 16th place, but on the wet track, which caused many problems for the competitors, she broke through to sixth place before the end of the first lap. Finca’s masterpiece was one of many from various racing categories, chosen to vote for this year’s most spectacular move. The sports public gave the most votes to the breakthrough of the Alfa Romeo racer, who won the award for Action of the Year 2020. "The start of the race was not so good, as I even lost one place at first, and then at one point I wondered. , what others are doing, ”commented Formula 1 veteran Raikkonen, a move that impressed many viewers at the time. You can see the masterpiece again below. https://twitter.com/alfar
Kimi Raikkonen finished 2020th in the last race of the 12 season, but although he "left behind" both Ferrari racers and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, he was not happy with the performance. "From afar, everything seems to be working as it should, but we were still too slow," said the Finn, who will remain in Formula 1 next season. "Still, we were surprisingly close to the points. I saw them almost the whole time of the race. But we did everything we could and in the end even if we were ahead of Ferrari, it didn't help us much. It became clear at the start of the season. that we have a difficult year ahead of us and this has been confirmed throughout the season.We spent a lot of time aiming for eighth place among the constructors, which was the most we could fight for this year.
Kimi Raikkonen is the only racer of this year’s Formula 1 championship to have ever raced in Imola. The Finn, who started his F1 career in the 2001 season, drove six races there as a Sauber and later McLaren Mercedes driver, but did not win, the only podium finish and his best result in 2003. when he finished in 2nd place, between Ferrari racers, race winner Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichell. The 2005 season was quite different from all the others mainly due to the course of the racing weekend. The starting places were determined on the basis of the sum of two fast laps. In the so-called shootout laps, one was taken by the racers on Friday and the other on Saturday, and they had only one attempt available both times.
Many Formula 1 fans are thrilled as Kimi Raikkonen, the popular Iceman, has extended his contract with Alfa Romeo and will remain in Formula 2021 in the 1 season, although he will turn 42 next year. This fulfilled the wish of team boss Frederic Vasseur, who wanted to continue with Kimi. Ferrari is entitled to a second seat and Maranello have decided to give 26-year-old Antonio Giovinazzi another chance. https://twitter.com/alfaromeoracing/status/1322085948088266752 Vasseur said: "I am very happy to be able to continue with Kimi and Antonio. I see Raikkonen who is still a racer with all passion. We can always rely on him one hundred percent. , so it was extremely important for me to keep going, and Antonio showed progress and deserved it
Formula 1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen holds quite a few records. One of these is that he is the only racer to win in the V10, V8 and V6 engine periods. In addition, he shares another very special record with his compatriot Keke Rosberg. Namely, they are the only racers in history who won more races in the season when they did not win the world title than in the season when they managed to conquer the competition. In terms of the number of victories in the season, the most successful season for Raikkonen is 2005, when he won as many as seven times, but was still not looking forward to the title. It belonged to Fernando Alonso. In the 2007 season, when he managed to become world champion, he recorded six victories. Keke Rosberg, on the other hand, recorded two wins in 1985 and was left without a title. In his 1982 championship, however, only one.