(Motorsport-Total.com) – On the coming Formula 1 weekend at the Nürburgring, not only Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) can take another record by equalizing Michael Schumacher’s 91 Grand Prix victories. Kimi Raikkonen is also facing a record.
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The Alfa Romeo driver will make his 323rd start in the premier class at the Eifel Grand Prix, breaking Rubens Barricchello’s previous record after he had already caught up with him in Sochi.
When asked whether it is important to him to have such a place in the history books of Formula 1, the Finn says: “No, not really. If someone asked me the number, I have no idea. I never really looked how many races I have already driven or how many others have driven. “
Raikkonen: “Most records are broken”
In an interview with ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, Raikkonen explains that such achievements are something that others can admire. “Obviously people talk about it, but it doesn’t make a difference to me. I think most records will be broken in the future. I’m not here because I want to do ‘so many’ races. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll do it like it, “he says.
In his 18-season career, the 40-year-old has celebrated 21 victories so far and with his title win in 2007 he is the last Ferrari world champion. In retrospect, the most important thing is that he has achieved his dream of winning the World Cup.
“I’ve always wanted to win championships and of course you want to win more. We got close a couple of times, but for many different reasons it never came to that. But that’s how it works in racing. So I don’t have bad feelings or bad memories or something like that.”
Hardly seen a race during the 2010/11 Formula 1 break
“I am happy that I won the championship with Ferrari and that for many years I have been able to do something that I enjoy, and I still enjoy it,” emphasized Raikkonen. Regarding his future in Formula 1 beyond this season, he has not yet made a decision – at least officially.
Should he ever hang up his helmet, then for good. In 2010/11 he turned his back on Formula 1 and competed in the World Rally Championship. During this time, Raikkonen hardly noticed the premier class, as he admits: “I watched the races when it happened to be on TV. I came to Monaco, but for a completely different reason than the race.”
“I don’t think I’ve seen any cars live,” the Finn continues, “maybe Formula 2 in the morning when I came back from the bar! But I don’t know.” After a resignation it would probably not be much different now.
After resigning, Raikkonen is not drawn to the paddock
Except for fun, he wouldn’t return to the paddock: “I’ll never be a commentator or anything like that, that’s for sure. But my kids are interested in the sport, and if they want to be there one day we should come. Me for I don’t need my part. I try to enjoy things other than that. “
Drivers with the most Grand Prix starts in Formula 1:
(As of October 7, 2020)
Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) 322
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) 322
Fernando Alonso (Spain) 311
Michael Schumacher (Germany) 306
Jenson Button (UK) 306
Felipe Massa (Brazil) 269
Lewis Hamilton (UK) 260
Riccardo Patrese (Italy) 256
Jarno Trulli (Italy) 252
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) 250