During his time in F1, Kimi Raikkonen had a personality that did not like the media’s attention. As is the tradition before and after each race, drivers give multiple interviews and their views about the fixture, their progress, and the threat from rivals. Kimi did not like to do any of that and it was easily visible in his conduct. Even during the races, he did not like to talk much, just received crucial information from his race engineer, and trusted his ability to do the rest. After his retirement from F1, he tried his hand out at NASCAR for a race and said goodbye. Turns out The Iceman wasn’t done with the series and will make a comeback soon. The announcement through Instagram was as subdued as his interviews once were.
Last year while competing in his one-off race in NASCAR, Kimi could not avoid a pileup ahead of him and hurt his wrist when he crashed. Before the race though, he lauded the series for its professionalism, which he believed was a change from the environment he had seen in F1. That could well be the reason for his return.
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Making the announcement through Instagram, he wrote, “Nascar is nice. I’m back with @teamtrackhouse and @iloq_official at COTA in Austin.”
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Raikkonen could not have chosen a better circuit to make a comeback at. That is because COTA was the last circuit The Iceman won his last F1 race while still donning his red Ferrari overalls.
What has Kimi Raikkonen been up to since his F1 retirement
Kimi, being as reserved as he was, was never expected to make public appearances and interviews after retiring from F1. And that is exactly what he did. The Fin kept away from the public eye, living a normal life with his family. All this while, his fans wondered where he had disappeared. Thankfully, his wife Minttu appeared for an interview last year and revealed what the former F1 champion was up to since hanging up his helmet and gloves.
In an interview with Seura last year, Minttu told, “We do quite a lot of things together, as we have always done before when he has been at home. For example, we often go to sports together. It hasn’t changed.”
Kimi has also turned into a mentor to his son Robin, who started showing an interest in karting. Minttu continued, “At the moment, Robin really likes it, but he can still change his mind. He also drives a microcar and a moped. Fortunately, Robin listens very carefully to how Kimi advises him and I am confident, although of course there are also many other drivers.”
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It will certainly not be easy for Raikkonen to hit the ground running right from the first race. But as his fans, here’s wishing that he adapts quickly and puts up a great display as he did in F1.
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