Raikkonen ‘very happy’ to be leaving Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen has said his long-awaited victory in Ferrari colours changes nothing about his feelings on his Formula 1 future.

The Finn has provided one parting gift with his first win in 2044 days at the United States Grand Prix, four races before he heads back to where it all began with Sauber next year.

Raikkonen said he was happy to prove some people wrong and that he still has what it takes to win, but still thinks his Sauber switch is coming at the right time in his career.

“Obviously we had a pretty rough two races and I’m proving people certain things,” Raikkonen said.

“I might be getting older but it’s not too bad still. Maybe I’m OK to be [here] a few years more.”

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Asked if that win was proof Ferrari should have kept him instead of replacing him with Charles Leclerc for 2019, he added: “No. For sure I didn’t mean on that side.

“I think people don’t understand I’m actually very happy where I’m going.

“I had my time with Ferrari, I won the championship with them. I won many races with them and for me, as a driver, I want different challenges, I want different things and I’m actually very happy to go there.

“It’s roughly 40 minutes from my home. For sure my family will be happy, I’m happy to be with my family. I think it’s probably the best thing.

“I wasn’t really disappointed with the decision at any point. The only thing that I was interested in was to know what was going to happen and that’s the only thing.

“The rest, I’ve been long enough in F1 to know that things… it doesn’t matter if you have contracts or not, things happen for different reasons but I think the end result is that I’m very excited about it.

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Hamilton 'moves on' after Raikkonen apology

Lewis Hamilton has put behind his British Grand Prix disappointment and accepted Kimi Raikkonen’s apology for the Ferrari drivers’ first lap blunder.

The encounter between the men at Silverstone Turn 3 set Hamilton back and forced the Mercedes to charge from behind, which he impressively did, ultimately finishing the race second to championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

After the race, in the heat of the moment, Hamilton said Ferrari had used “interesting tactics”, hinting that Raikkonen’s move had perhaps been deliberate.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added fuel to the fire by quoting his technical director James Allison, who allegedly said that the Ferrari’s antics were either “deliberate or incompetent”.

Raikkonen lost no time owning up to his mistake however, and Hamilton – through a series of message son social media – has accepted his apology and vowed to move on, while also recognizing that perhaps his words had gone beyond his thoughts.

“Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. It was a racing incident and nothing more,” Hamiltont wrote on Instagram

“Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it,” he added.

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