Kimi Raikkonen likely to leave F1 when Ferrari deal ends after 2015
|By Jonathan Noble and Glenn Freeman||Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 16:12 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen is likely to retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2015, when his current deal with Ferrari runs out.
The 2007 world champion, who made his F1 debut with Sauber in '01, returned to Ferrari this year, after spending two years in the World Rally Championship and two with Lotus since leaving the team at the end of '09.
He signed a two-year deal to partner Fernando Alonso, and speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix on Thursday, he told reporters that he is unlikely to continue in F1 beyond that contract.
When asked what his plans were for the future, and if he saw himself at Ferrari for the long term, Raikkonen said: "Until my contract is finished, and then I will probably stop.
"That is what I think is going to happen."
Raikkonen said that he enjoyed taking in other disciplines such as rallying, and he is always keen to do other things alongside racing in F1.
"I tried many things and I think there is no harm in it," he said. "It doesn't take anything from me doing F1.
"I think it can only help. You always learn if you try different things.
"The teams are scared that we get hurt. In the past when I was in Ferrari I could not do rallies.
"It would be nice not just for us but for the fans [if we could] do many things."
When asked if being given that sort of flexibility would convince him to stay in F1 for longer, Raikkonen added: "No, I don't think so.
"Doing something else makes no difference about F1 and my future right now."
Raikkonen's Formula 1 career
2001: Scores a point on his debut with Sauber, and goes on to finish 10th in the championship.
2002: His rookie form earns him a move to McLaren to replace Mika Hakkinen, and he nearly wins the French GP en route to finishing sixth in the standings.
2003: Narrowly misses out on the world championship to Michael Schumacher, despite only taking one victory, in the Malaysian GP.
2004: Wins one race late in the year after McLaren struggles until introducing a B-spec version of its MP4-19 mid-season.
2005: Takes seven wins, but reliability woes prevent him from challenging Fernando Alonso for the title and he has to settle for second.
2006: Finishes fifth in the standings as McLaren endures its first winless season since 1996, but he does manage to take three pole positions.
2007: Switches to Ferrari and wins his first race, before going on to win the world championship at the expense of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Alonso.
2008: Only takes two victories on his way to third in the standings, as team-mate Felipe Massa runs Hamilton close in the title race.
2009: Takes Ferrari's only victory of a difficult season at Spa, before agreeing to end his deal with the team early as it makes room for Fernando Alonso.
2012: After two years in the WRC, Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus, winning the Abu Dhabi GP and finishing third in the championship.
2013: Wins the season-opener in Australia, before parting with Lotus two races early to undergo back surgery, following a dispute with the team over not being paid.
2014: Returns to Ferrari to partner Alonso, sitting 12th in the drivers' championship after the first eight races of the year.