Raikkonen: How do people measure fitness? By looking?

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has taken exception to comments made by Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene about his level of fitness.

In China, Arrivabene said of the Italian team’s veteran driver, “I’m quite happy about the performance of Kimi. He is in good physical form, which for him is very, very important.”

“If you remember, a couple of years ago he has a problem with his back but now he is recovering well, he’s really fit, and focused on his job,” added Arrivabene.

When told by Finnish journalists what his boss had said, 38-year-old Raikkonen was clearly annoyed when he responded, “How do people measure fitness? By looking?”

“In my opinion, it’s a pretty questionable way to go about measuring fitness. I have not done too many fitness tests or any that the team would know about.”

“The comments are a bit strange because I’ve never had any problem with my condition,” added Raikkonen.