Next Sunday, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last date of the 2021 World Cup in F1the finnish Kimi Raikkonen will put an end to his sports campaign in La Máxima, which had him as champion in 2007 with Ferrari. In the absence of this test the Nordic accumulates 92.202 kilometers in GP's, which means 2,3 laps to the Earth. In 19 seasons he has achieved 21 wins, 18 pole, 43 lap records and has risen 103 times to the podium.
“Obviously, winning the World Cup is the best memory I will have. That is why we are all here, to try to achieve titles. But there were also other good moments ... I wouldn't change anything about my campaign "Raikkonen said in an interview with the agency AFP.
“If we look at the results, the 2007 season was the best. If not, in every year there are good and bad moments, as in life. Some days are less good than others because one has slept badly or because they are disgusting. If several years had not been good, or there were more bad than good, I would not have stayed that long ", Iceman acknowledged.
“It is never pleasant to leave home for a 10-hour flight. It's not that I never wanted to die, and every time I say to myself 'shit!', But when you find yourself doing what you came to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that's fine. That said, I'm happy to see the end ”, confessed the Nordic.
When they asked him about the rival who marked him the most, he did not hesitate: “Michael (Schumacher), I believe. I raced against him for many years and we had a lot of nice fights ”. While at the time of highlighting his best partner, he revealed that "I have had good relationships with everyone, even if at times things can heat up for some reason (laughs)".
Raikkonen made his F.1 debut with Sauber in 2001. He also competed for McLaren (2002 to 2006), Ferrari (2007 to 2009 and 2014 to 2018), Lotus (2012 and 2013) and Alfa Romeo Racing, managed by Sauber (since 2019). “All my teams were from different countries and it changes working with different nationalities, from Swiss, English and Italian. But in most of the teams I was there for a long time, which shows that there were good moments ", he pointed.
Lastly, Raikkonen also spoke about his personal life: “I always thought that you had to try to live in the best way for yourself ... You have to be yourself. If you try to do what others want, you can put up with it for a year or two, but it won't end well. I'm glad I lived being myself. Right or wrong, I can accept that they are my decisions ”.