Anyone hoping for an enthusiastic soundbite from Kimi Raikkonen about becoming the joint-most experienced F1 driver of all time at the Russian Grand Prix would have come away from Sochi disappointed. But as the Finn prepares to become the outright record holder at the Nurburgring this weekend, he conceded that he would probably appreciate his achievement when he hangs up his helmet.
The Eifel Grand Prix will see Raikkonen make his 323rd Grand Prix start, moving him to the top of ‘race start’ tree in Formula 1 history ahead of Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello. But asked how breaking the record felt, Raikkonen’s response was typically pragmatic…
“Every record is going to be broken at some point in most of the sports,” he said. “It’s just how it has [always] happened. But I’ve said it many times, I don’t think, definitely for me, it makes no difference right now. But maybe in the future, when I look back on things, whatever the number will be or the position will be, maybe I’ll look at it a bit differently.”
Meanwhile, asked whether he would remain in Formula 1 for 2021 to prevent Fernando Alonso claiming the record when he returns to the sport next year – with the Spaniard currently on 311 starts – Raikkonen laughingly replied: “That’s not the reason if I’m staying or not.”