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Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen makes his last appearance in the world of the first category from Abu Dhabi, 20 years after his debut with Sauber in the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, stressing that he does not regret turning this page.
He said, “My life has always been abroad, there are other things that are more important to me than Formula 1.” Nowadays, the “calendar” affects my whole family, so I look forward to the day when I don’t plan anything.
Raikkonen, the record holder for the number of races in the world championship, was absent from the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when he moved to the NASCAR races and the World Rally Championship.
Raikkonen rose to prominence when he left for McLaren for the 2002 season, before being runner-up twice in the World Championships, in 2003 behind German Michael Schumacher, and in 2005 behind Fernando Alonso.
He won 21 races in his career, most recently the United States Grand Prix in October 2018, in the final year of his second stint with Ferrari (2014-2018).
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