Kimi Raikkonen on sim racing: ‘I don’t care’

Date published: April 22 2020

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In news that will come as a shock to absolutely nobody, Kimi Raikkonen has precisely zero plans to get involved in virtual racing during lockdown.

A total of seven Formula 1 drivers, well six and whenever Lando Norris’ PC decides to work, are part of Formula 1’s official Virtual Grand Prix series, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is keeping in race mode on iRacing.

There could be a chance we get to see Kimi’s old team-mate Sebastian Vettel enter the virtual racing world after recently taking delivery of a simulator, but as for the Finn himself? Forget about it.

“I don’t care [about it]. I’d rather wait until I can get back to a real track,” Raikkonen said when asked in an interview with Corriere dello Sport if he fancied joining.

Raikkonen wasn’t even a fan of doing simulator work for Ferrari…

“It’s not that I didn’t love it,” he said.

“Let’s say that flying to Italy to get in front of the simulator wasn’t exactly why I chose this job.

“It’s a different thing to drive around the track. And anyway, those simulators are completely different and extremely more complex than the online racing ones.”

As for whether a lack of some form of racing will make him go a bit rusty, Raikkonen is typically unconcerned.

He replied: “I don’t think it’s much different from the traditional winter breaks since we’ve been back at the tests in Barcelona. This time I think we’ll go straight to the first race, I don’t see any particular problems.”

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