Raikkonen’s NASCAR switch surprises F1 drivers image

(Inautonews.com/GMM) A handful of F1 drivers have admitted surprise at hearing 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s plans to race in NASCAR.

The Finn left Ferrari at the end of 2009 to race full-time in the world rally championship, but this year he will split his WRC duties with a foray in the American scene, starting with some races in the minor pick-up truck series.

“I don’t understand,” Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi told Finland’s Turun Sanomat in Malaysia. “I thought Kimi was focused on rally and then it’s a completely different story.

“Did he change his mind? The most important thing for Kimi is for him to enjoy whatever he is doing. Definitely he will learn to drive in NASCAR faster than the rally,” added the Swiss.

Raikkonen’s former McLaren colleague Pedro de la Rosa agrees: “I thought he was committed to rallying so on one hand it’s disappointing he is not staying full-time because he seemed to be getting better all the time.”

Added Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: “If Kimi is happy driving a NASCAR then I’m happy for him and wish him all the best.

“100 per cent for sure I will not do it myself because I know I wouldn’t enjoy it at all,” added the German.

And Michael Schumacher agreed that exploring the world of NASCAR “doesn’t interest me at all”.

  • Riccardo

    I would like to see Kimi in Nascar… If any of the F1 drivers are not interested in Nascar,who cares,who asked them…Kimi is giving it a try cause,he feels like it,,,,Good for him….I hope he does well…. End of story… I follow nascar…when a race is on tv…I will watch it,because I have come to appreciate that type of racing… It ain't no cake walk….These guys are hard as nails racers….I'd like to see the ones that knock these guys,,,,slide,a 3400lb car through a corner at 180 plus mph…. Every form of racing,has it's differences…as normal…It is simple good racing….drafting,,,the way you can upset a car just by getting a bit to close in a high speed corner… these guys don't get the respect they deserve,….
    I have followed F1 since 1976,F1 bikes,MotoGP since the mid '80's.Rally since late '70's. Nascar since late 70's,Cart,IRL….IMSA,Endurance Cars,WTC,and so on…. If you don't have respect for them,you just don't know….and that would make you ignorant….and if you do know,that is worse….

  • guest

    F1 drivers need to embrace the american form of nascar, nascar drivers repsect F1 but lack of respect from the euros.

  • Guest

    I guess the F1 drivers find it a bit boring but how boring can formula 1 be? There isn't much passing or tight racing. I enjoy formula 1 because of the technology and because they are a bit exotic. I would like to see some of thethe formula 1 drivers try NASCAR even if it was a test drive. Obviously it isn't as easy as it looks. One of their champions (Juan Pablo Montoya) hasn't found it to be all that easy. He gets a little better each year but didn't come into the series and run circles around anyone.