Kimi says next generation of Raikkonens is faster

Date published: July 3 2020

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Spending parts of his extended break karting with his children, Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he “cannot keep up” with his son Robin.

Raikkonen’s wife, Minttu, has been showing off her family’s karting exploits on social media with both children, Robin and Rianna, getting into racing.

Robin, it seems, has picked up his father’s flair for speed.

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So much so that Minttu said in one Instagram video that it “looks like Robin is faster”.

Raikkonen concedes he is, at least in some situations.

“I don’t know how to compare [him] – it’s to enjoy it,” the Alfa Romeo driver said via Motorsport.com.

“Some days we’ll do more laps than others, but it’s like with kids, one day they like to do one thing and the next day another.

“As long as he enjoys it, that’s the main thing.

“He’s been getting a bit faster.

“With me in a rental kart, I cannot keep up any more. I need a bit more horsepower. Apart from that, it’s been good.”

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Unfortunately for Raikkonen, but fortunately for Formula 1 fans, the extended break is finally over.

More than 100 days after the season was scheduled to get underway in Australia, Formula 1 will go racing this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

Many are predicting that this season’s best fights will be amongst the midfield drivers with Daniel Ricciardo saying up to five teams could be separated by a mere tenth of a second.

Asked for his thoughts on the midfield battle, which Alfa Romeo is expected to feature in, Raikkonen said it is all speculation until Sunday evening.

“[From] testing every year, it’s impossible to say where we are, a lot of speculation,” said the 2007 World Champion.

“But in the first race, we always see what is the real story.

“Obviously we never managed to do the first race, and now months later, we obviously are going to do it and then we’ll see where we are.

“But then there’s another thing, people are bringing updates. Who knows. We’ll see over the weekend now where we are and where everybody else is.”

Last season Alfa Romeo finished eighth in the Constructors’ Championship with 57 points.

Raikkonen recorded a best result of fourth at the Brazilian Grand Prix, a race in which his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi finished in fifth place.

The duo’s only other double points haul came at the Austrian Grand Prix with the Finn ninth to Giovinazzi’s P10.

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