F1 a job, 'not my life' - Raikkonen

Apr.30 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen insists he is "not interested" in Formula One -- except the cars, and winning.

Asked by the reporter for Bild am Sonntag newspaper if the famous Finnish character might remove his sunglasses for an interview, 2007 world champion Raikkonen replied simply: "No."

At the end of his fourth race since returning to F1 from rallying, the 32-year-old was back on the podium in Bahrain.

"It's not going too bad," he said. "I like what I'm doing, that's enough. I don't care if someone says whether I'm doing it well or not.

I'm only here for racing.

Kimi Raikkonen

"Still, it's disappointing when you're only second. Who knows what's going to happen at the next race," the Lotus driver added.

Just after leaving F1 at the end of 2009, Raikkonen said he disliked everything about the sport -- except the cars.

Nothing has changed.

"No. I'm only here for racing," said Raikkonen.

"All the other bulls**t I can do without. If you took away the cars from Formula One, I would not be there.

"Formula one plays no role in my personal life. I have a real life! I think for many people, their life is Formula One. For me it's not."

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Lotus F1 Team
Tags featured, global motorsport media, lotus, raikkonen