As rumours swirl over Kimi Raikkonen’s future with Alfa Romeo, he says over the years he’s stopped caring about media talk.
Now 41 years old, Raikkonen is comfortably the oldest driver on the grid and the most experienced after his 323rd start at the Eifel Grand Prix, but it seems that Alfa Romeo want him to stick around and partner current F2 star Mick Schumacher for 2021.
Schumacher was due to make his Formula 1 debut with an FP1 outing at the Eifel GP, but the mist and rain which plagued the Nurburgring meant no running could take place on that Friday, while the talk that Raikkonen’s contract extension for 2021 was going to be announced also failed to materialise.
“Nothing’s been done yet,” he said with a smile, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“You’ll see: it started with me not having enough experience and now I’m getting too old and they want to dump me. We’ll see. Of course we talked to the team. It’s ultimately my decision and we’ll see what comes of it.”
The key for Raikkonen staying in Formula 1 is his enjoyment of the sport.
Alfa Romeo have only five points on the board in 2020, two of them courtesy of the Finn while Antonio Giovinazzi has three points to his name.
But while admitting that the team are performing below expectations, Raikkonen says he still enjoys racing for the team.
“I mean, I like racing. But of course we’ll have more fun if we do better,” he explained.
“It is certainly not what we expected, but it was clear quite early on that we are – for various reasons – not where we want to be. But I’m still having fun racing, we have fun fights. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I can do other things.”
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Raikkonen also denied the suggestion that he had triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract back in September.
“If you believe the news, it will be true. But I’ve never had an option in my contract. From this you can see that it is not true.
“I’ve read so many things in the news over the years that I’ve just stopped reading it, 90 percent of it is far from the truth. And maybe 10 percent will come close. So no, I didn’t sign anything. Not last week, not last month, not yesterday or today. We’ll see.”