Kimi Raikkonen may be swapping his race-winning Ferrari for a points-scoring Sauber but the Finn is looking forward to doing what he loves – “driving”.
Following this year’s Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari revealed that they would not be renewing Raikkonen’s contract, instead signing Charles Leclerc as Sebastian Vettel’s 2019 team-mate.
Raikkonen, though, was quick to snap up a Sauber race seat.
Returning to the team with whom he made his Formula 1 debut 17 years ago, the Finn says he is very much looking forward to just driving for Sauber.
“I still like to drive, and that’s the only reason why I will continue to drive next year,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“At Sauber I can focus more on what I love – driving.”
The 2007 World Champion says he has no concerns about racing for Sauber despite the Swiss team having never achieved a F1 race win.
Instead he hopes to have fun.
“Why should I worry about going to Sauber?” he said. “My goal is to try to help them to succeed and to have fun.
“When I came back to Formula One for Lotus, people said that I had made a mistake and could not do anything, but instead things went differently. It could happen again.”