Raikkonen won’t rule out retiring from F1

Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen has not ruled out retirement from F1 when his current contract expires in 2009. The Finnish driver, who is the current Formula One world champion, has admitted he has not decided on what he plans to do in the future.

“There have been rumours like that for many years,” he explained. “I always say I have a contract until the end of next year. I haven’t made any decision if I’m going to keep going or not. That is the last contract I have and we will see what happens this year and next year.

“I wouldn’t stop if I felt I would miss it afterwards. For sure, I would find something else to do and maybe that I would enjoy more. I don’t know what is going to happen after next year, I haven’t made my mind up. Who knows maybe I make my decision this year.

“I think I will race as long as I enjoy it and it is the right thing for me. It could be in four years time. It is too early to say.

“I like the racing and the other stuff is not always the best thing. Everyone in F1 is here because they love racing and driving, but when there are too many things that you don’t enjoy or too many things you don’t want it is time to go away.

“It can be anything. When you find something you don’t want to do or don’t enjoy – if there are things like that or don’t work out anymore. There can be many things apart from racing, then probably it is the best time to go away.”