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Kimi Raikkonen

Raikkonen reveals whether he'll still be watching F1 in 2022

Kimi Raikkonen has walked away from Formula 1 after an extensive career in the sport, but will he still be tuning in to see what happens next season?

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Kimi Raikkonen has revealed whether he will still be watching F1 in 2022 after retiring from the sport at the end of last season.

The Finn - who made his debut back in 2001 - chose to quit following his third year with Alfa Romeo in 2021, but it isn't the first time that he has stepped away from Formula 1, with Raikkonen having previously spent two years away from the grid between 2010 and 2011.

This time, though, the veteran driver is definitely viewing his exit as a full retirement from F1.

"I retired already once!" Raikkonen joked about his previous hiatus on the Beyond The Grid podcast.

"And [I retired] in my head at least 10 times! But I'm looking forward to it. It's the end of F1, but I'm looking more forward [to] whatever will come afterwards."

Raikkonen "didn't watch much at all" during break from F1

On the topic of whether he will still be watching Formula 1 in 2022, Raikkonen admits that he did not see many races during his previous break from the sport.

However, he is expecting to see the occasional Grand Prix.

"Honestly, I didn't watch much at all when I was away two years," Raikkonen explained.

"I think I watched some races when it [happened] to be on TV and I was watching TV, but I'm definitely not going to put the alarm [on because there] is a race happening.

"But I'm sure I will see some races. [When I was] last time away, I [ended] up [where] actually I was in Monaco [when there was a] race, but I never saw cars, apart from [on] TV."

When asked how he had managed not to see any racing whilst in Monte Carlo, Raikkonen quipped: "We had a different time zone!"

Raikkonen won one World Championship in his F1 career, as well as claiming 21 race wins, 18 pole positions and a total of 1873 points.

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