Raikkonen laments lack of opportunities

Wednesday 21-May-2014 16:52

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he would relish the opportunity to take part in other forms of motor racing if it was possible to do so while he was a Formula One driver.

The Finn is one of few current Formula One drivers that has experience of racing in multiple formats.

He took a two-year break from F1 after the 2009 season and took part in the World Rally Championship as well as NASCAR Trucks.

Raikkonen also tested the Koiranen GP GP3 car in August last year.

Following the passing of three-time World Champion Sir Jack Brabham this week, Raikkonen revealed that he feels the drivers of today are missing out on the freedom the competitors of yesteryear had when it comes to racing outside of F1.

"Obviously I read and it was sad to hear that he passed away," Raikkonen said during Wednesday's FIA Press Conference when asked about Brabham's passing.

"Obviously these days are different than the days that they used to race and they could do different categories, different races. I think it would be very nice if we would be able to do different things at the same time and different races and try different things.

"But the problem is everything just gets so much more expensive these days and obviously people are more scared that you get hurt and they try to limit everything what you do.

"So it's a shame because I think it would be more fun for everybody and the other sports would also benefit from it, and F1. It would be nice to do stuff like that."

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