Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he would still like to try his hand at racing at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race and perhaps even have a go at rallycross.
Speaking to media ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Raikkonen said, “I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on the top of my list, as a very famous race. I would have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest in doing that race, but at the moment, it’s too early to say.”
He added, “Le Mans is probably closest to Formula 1. It’s good to try different things because it’s good fun and you always learn something.”
Last weekend, Ferrari won its LM GTE Pro class at the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the Maranello team’s President Luca di Montezemolo has made it public that the Scuderia may be considering an endurance programme in the future. The team have been overall winners of the Sarthe race nine times in the past.
Also on Raikkonen’s post Formula 1 agenda may be another off-road foray, with the advent of the FIA World Rallycross Championship apparently in the Finn’s sights.
Raikkonen told reporters, “Rallycross would also be nice to try as it looks good fun. I enjoy rallying a lot, it’s a difficult sport with a good challenge.”
Raikkonen famously only did 23 junior single seater races before being fast-tracked into Formula 1 by Sauber. After stints with Sauber and McLaren, in 2007 Raikkonen moved to Ferrari and promptly won the F1 world title that year (their last to date) before taking a huge payout to leave the team and make way for Fernando Alonso at the end 0f the 2009 season.
Raikkonen departed the F1 and dabbled in rally where he had modest success in the the World Rally Championship. He also tried out NASCAR Truck Series, before making his Formula 1 come back in 2012 with Lotus. He returned to Ferrari, to partner Fernando Alonso, in 2014. (GP247)