Mama Raikkonen says son's break from F1 was a good thing

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) with his mother and father Paula and Matti Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen with his mother Paula and late father Paula in 1999

Kimi Raikkonen’s mother says her son is once again enjoying Formula 1, after his rallying sabattical in 2010 and 2011, which was a good break for the Iceman.

The famous Finn burst back into Formula 1 with Lotus last year, earning legions of new fans who enjoy his unique personality, and finishing a surprise third in the world championship.

Raikkonen’s mother, Paula, said she was surprised late in 2011 when she read rumours her 33-year-old son was thinking about returning to Formula 1.

“I had heard rumours of his talks with Williams, so I asked him about it,” she is quoted by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

“He said he would prefer to go to Lotus, because it was a better option for him. It was a surprise,” she said.

“His friends had told me that he stopped Formula 1 because he was tired (of it), and then suddenly he went back. I think the little break was a good thing, because now he seems to be enjoying the racing again,” she added. (GMM)