Kimi Raikkonen: Bigger picture key to decision on F1 future

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen is yet to decide his future in formula 1 beyond this season admitting family considerations will play a huge role in his decision.

“I haven’t yet decided” said the 40-year old Finn, who had signed a two-year contract with Alfa Romeo which expires at the end of the 2020 F1 season.

Kimi was also asked about quiting Alfa Romeo to pave way for a younger driver which saw him laughing at the suggestion that Mika Hakkinen (who is his fellow countryman) left Mclaren in year 2001 to pave way for him.

Neither Raikkonen nor his teammate Antonio Giovinnazi have been confirmed for 2021 season by their team Alfa Romeo.

Kimi Raikkonen during the Spanish grand prix

Asked on whether he could see himself driving for any other team than Alfa Romeo, Kimi made it clear he would first have to make a key decision to stay in the sport or not.

“I don’t know,” he said. “First of all I need to decide what I will do, and then we’ll see. Obviously right now, that’s the first thing to decide.”

“And then I don’t really see that it would change anything if I race with them or I don’t race. Like I said, until I decide what I do, those things are not really on my list.” he added.

“My decision is based on what I feel is right for me.”

Raikkonen’s decision to move to Alfa Romeo may have been largely influenced by his family because the team’s Swiss factory in Hinwil is close to his home and therefore it was a good chance to be able to spend time more with his wife and two kids.

“If I have a good car or not makes a difference to my decision” he said. “I’d much rather race in good positions and fight for points, but it’s never guaranteed wherever you go if it’s going to be good or bad.”

The finn is yet to earn points in the 2020 Formula 1 championship by failing to make it in top 10, although he was a contender for points throught the 2019 season

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