Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kimi Räikkönen Leaves Formula One

"After failing to find a car for 2010, Ferrari’s world champion has announced that he is to leave F1 for rallying.
Räikkönen was forced to leave Ferrari at the end of the season to
make way for Fernando Alonso. There were talks with Toyota, hampered by Räikkönen’s high price and ultimately by Toyota’s exit from Formula One, then there were talks with his former team McLaren, which fell through. One has to wonder whether Räikkönen’s exorbitant salary demands—rumored to be close to $50 million, very much not in synch with his performance over the last two seasons—were a deliberate move on his part to ease his exit from the sport.
Going where many Finn have gone before, Räikkönen is set to continue his career in rallying. He has, in fact, already debuted in the World Rally Championship: Räikkönen drove a Super 2000 class Fiat Grande Punto Abarth for Tommi Mäkinen Racing at
this year’s Rally Finland in August.
He leaves the sport after nine seasons, with occasional displays of devastating speed and a lucky world championship in 2007, when he exploited the rivalry between McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton and the hubris of the latter to beat both at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the title which had eluded him at McLaren."

For your viewing pleasure, here is a classic Kimi clip. When he was good, he was really good, and when he didn't feel like up to the demands of F1, he ate ice cream!
You presence will be missed in F1, not for when you were good, but more for when you were bad like this!
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