What Raikkonen will miss the most about F1 when he retires

Kimi Raikkonen says he's “looking forward to normal life” after Formula 1 but admitted that he will miss the racing and the friendships he's made during his career.
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Alfa Romeo Racing
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Alfa Romeo Racing
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The Finn will bow out of the sport after an incredible 20-year career.

Raikkonen claimed 21 wins, 18 pole positions and 103 podiums, winning one drivers' title in 2007 for Ferrari.

The 42-year-old admitted that he’s looking forward to having a life “without schedule” when his time in F1 comes to an end on Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to get this done, this stuff,” Raikkonen said ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “It would be nice to just go racing again, hopefully we have some good speed and then we can have some fun but I’m looking forward to get the season done and have a life without schedule.”

Raikkonen has often made clear that he only enjoys F1 for the racing aspect, however, he acknowledged the many friendships he has made over the years.

“Obviously I met lots of good people and worked with lots of good people and some of them became friendships,” Raikkonen explained. “Generally we are so busy, but this is normally this is not a place where you make friends, it’s a place where we don’t really have time for anything.

“We can meet outside without the hassle that everyone has here. If I’ll miss one thing it will probably be the racing, but honestly, there are other racing series that are probably more fun for pure racing.”

Reflecting on his F1 career as a whole, Raikkonen pinpointed his 2007 title triumph as his “best moment” but insisted that the sport has never been the be-all and end-all in his life.

“For sure winning the championship as result comes has to be the best, it’s what everybody is here for, but there were a lot of other good races and also a lot of bad races, but that’s part of the game,” Raikkonen added.

“I think anything you do for many years have those, it’s part of the thing I think it’s fine, I have no issues with it and it’s very small things that will decide if it’s going to be a good or bad result and if you have a good car then it will be those small things will decide the end result on Sunday.

“A lot of good memories, a big part of my life has been spent here, I don’t know if it’s a or bad thing but that’s how it is, because it takes a lot of your time but it’s never been the most important thing of life, for me. It’s nice it’s coming to an end but I’m looking forward to the normal life that comes after.”

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