Raikkonen on fatherhood, fixing toilets and life after Ferrari
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Raikkonen on fatherhood, fixing toilets and life after Ferrari

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The trappings of F1 have always sat uneasily with Kimi Raikkonen, who would rather tinker with motocross bikes and play with his kids than participate in its corporate circus. Leaving Ferrari affords Kimi more freedom, allowing JAMES ROBERTS to catch up with a chattier, relaxed, no less determined character

School trips never used to be like this.

There was always a long, bumpy coach ride to a working museum, where a cottage made from wattle and daub was the highlight. If you were lucky, you got to play with some tools in a workshop. But for this group of French children, they are experiencing the best school trip money can't buy.

At this very moment, Thursday afternoon of the French Grand Prix, when they should actually be in a stuffy classroom learning about the nitrogen cycle, they are at the door of the Alfa Romeo motorhome, getting Kimi Raikkonen's autograph.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari
Author GP Racing