Former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen has said that he did not miss F1 in his first season away from the sport.
The Finnish driver quit Formula One at the end of 2009 to join the Citroen Junior WRC team. Raikkonen had already tried out rallying in a Punto earlier in the year and despite crashing out, had impressed many in the field.
In his rookie season in the sport, he finished tenth in the overall drivers’ standings with a best place finish of fifth place in Turkey and winning the last stage of Rally Deutschland.
Although there were rumours of Raikkonen making a return to F1 through Renault, the Finn was quick to shoot down the rumours and is adamant that he has no regrest at leaving the sport.
“Of course I thought about it, because you think about everything,â€ Raikkonen told the official WRC website when asked if he had contemplated a move back to Formula 1.
“But I never really thought seriously about it, because actually I didn’t miss F1 at all. Before the start of this year I thought it would be interesting to see if I missed it at all, and in fact I didn’t.”
When asked about how he felt about his first season in WRC, Raikkonen replied, “On balance, it’s been pretty much as I expected. There have been good bits and bad bits, and on the whole it’s been really tough with a lot of learning.
“In some ways, it reminds me of the very first years when I was starting out in racing it was a little bit the same feeling.â€