Just over half a year after retiring from Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen is back in the cockpit – albeit in the USA.
The basics in brief
- Kimi Raikkonen, 42, will return to the cockpit in August.
- Finn starts for Team Trackhouse in the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen.
- The former Formula 1 world champion already has US racing series experience.
Snowman is back! After last year’s Abu Dhabi race, Kimi Raikkonen ended his career in Formula 1. At the age of 42, the fan favorite from Finland was tired of the excellent circus.
But just six months into his retirement, the Finn’s silent comeback is official: Raikkonen will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series in August. For Team Trackhouse, the 2007 world champion starts at Watkins Glen.
In fact, after his resignation, he did not “seriously” deal with the options for returning. But the Trackhouse team approached him with a good offer. “It comes down to a lot of details, and it all makes sense to me,” Raikkonen said.
Kimi Raikkonen drives NASCAR
The Finn is already familiar with the NASCAR series: during the Formula 1 break, the former world champion started two races in the US in 2011. “I’ve always enjoyed my races there. Hopefully we can have a good race and have fun.”
Kimi Raikkonen is said to be leading the new “Project91” for Team Trackhouse. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with starting number 91 will be regularly run by top international drivers.
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