Kimi Raikkonen is bound he would now not nonetheless be racing in Components 1 had he now not taken two years out to compete in rallying.
The Alfa Romeo motive force is contesting his 300th grand prix weekend in Monaco, even supposing it’s going to handiest be his 297th get started.
He didn’t take the beginning of the 2001 Belgian GP, the notorious 2005 United States GP or the 2017 Malaysian GP.
On the finish of the 2009 season, he switched to the International Rally Championship with Citroen for what grew to become out to be a two-year stint prior to he used to be introduced again onto the F1 grid via Lotus in 2012.
Requested via Autosport if he feels proud to nonetheless be in F1 18 years after his debut, Raikkonen stated: “It does not really feel that lengthy truthfully, after two years out.
“To make certain with out that I would not be right here as of late.
“Come what may perhaps that made it now not really feel as lengthy having somewhat extra of a typical time [in F1].
“I believe afterwards, each time I forestall and glance again, then perhaps it makes somewhat extra sense and feels other.
“However for now it does not in reality really feel that it is been that lengthy. It is simply racing.”
After dropping his Ferrari seat for 2019, Raikkonen signed a two-year deal to go back to Sauber (now Alfa).
That takes him to the top of the present F1 laws cycle, however the 2007 global champion says he has now not considered whether or not he needs to stay round for the championship’s primary 2021 laws overhaul.
“I do not know,” he stated. “I’ve a freelance for subsequent 12 months, however after that who is aware of.
“We can have to peer how issues move and if I’m .”
Requested if the character of the 2021 laws would have an effect on his choice, Raikkonen stated: “No, as a result of after all when you’re making a large rule trade you by no means know.
“Typically the large groups are nonetheless there as a result of they’d the assets to take a look at plenty of various things and determine one of the best ways to do it.
“It will be nicer if everybody were given so much nearer, for the game and the drivers, as a result of it is extremely unknown.”
If he completes the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Raikkonen will dangle the document for many selection of grand prix begins.
He says that can give him “0 excitement” as a result of “It’s not that i am right here to mention I’ve essentially the most grands prix”.
He joked that forward of his 300th grand prix he has “already advised the staff it is purely a bunch” and didn’t need any celebrations.
“I attempted to power them to cancel the whole thing,” stated Raikkonen. “However [to] now not excellent good fortune!”