Raikkonen: Team advisor role ‘wouldn’t make sense’

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Kimi Raikkonen at the Russian Grand Prix. Russia September 2021

Kimi Raikkonen standing on the grid ahead of the Russian Grand Prix. Russia September 2021

Due to the fact he would have to travel so much, Kimi Raikkonen is not interested in becoming a team advisor after retiring.

The Finn announced earlier this year he will leave the Formula 1 grid at the end of the 2021 campaign.

It is not clear yet what he will do next year and beyond and whether he will race in another series or bring his days as a driver to an end for good.

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur does not think his driver should rush into any decisions, but would like to keep him around in some capacity.

“I saw already he had some proposals from other series or things,” said Vasseur when asked if he would like to give the Finn an advisory role.

“I think it is much better to let him calm down and then we will have time to discuss. I would be more than keen to have Kimi on board somewhere, but I think he has to take time.

“It would be a mistake to take another option today and say ‘okay, I will do this, I will do this’.

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A number of former drivers have taken on such roles in the past, with Niki Lauda doing so at Mercedes and Alain Prost currently advising Alpine.

However, it is not something Kimi is particularly interested in doing himself for the time being. He feels he would have to be at most races if he were to do that job, and that is something he does not want to do.

If he did, he says, he would just remain a driver.

”I can’t imagine a role like that,” said the 41-year-old in a book by Finnish journalist Heikki Kulta about the nation’s drivers.

“Because after all, it would still be exactly the same programme with the same need to travel. In that case, if I have to be there every time, I prefer to continue to drive.

“It wouldn’t make any sense.”


That comes as no surprise given the Iceman has previously stated the busy schedule is one of the main reasons behind his decision to retire.

“No plans. I don’t want to have some schedule put on,” he told reporters just before the Dutch Grand Prix.

“Because obviously the last 18, 19 years in F1, since I started, I did rally in those two years [away from F1 in 2010 and 2011] there was always a schedule, always what is coming next and what is this date and that date. So I don’t want that.

“That’s for sure one of the big reasons why I want to also do something else.

“But I don’t want the family life to be dictated by when is the next race or test or flight or next work. I’m not in a rush and I’ve not even thought about it at all.”