Date published: December 16 2019
Kimi Raikkonen has said the pressure of driving for Alfa Romeo this season was exactly the same as when he drove for Ferrari.
Raikkonen’s second spell with Ferrari finished at the end of the 2019 campaign with the Scuderia opting for a more youthful approach by bringing Charles Leclerc in alongside Sebastian Vettel.
Raikkonen headed back to where it all began at Sauber, now Alfa Romeo, and finished P12 in the World Championship standings with 43 points.
But, as Raikkonen reflects on his first year away from the Ferrari spotlight again, he doesn’t think there is actually too much difference.
“I don’t think the pressure was any different,” Raikkonen said via Crash.Net.
“Obviously we want to do well and like I said, it’s a shame we’ve kind of fallen down as a team but as a driver, I think everyone puts a lot of pressure on themselves and in the end the work that we do over the race weekend is not really any different whichever team you’re in.
“The meetings are very similar between teams, the driving is there and the racing.”
What is different, though, is that Raikkonen has had fewer media commitments and less travel – just the way he likes it.
He added: “Outside of racing it has been less busy so that’s nice part of it plus obviously the team is very close to where I live so I don’t need to travel to different countries, in many ways it helps, I have a bit more time to stay with the family. It’s a nice thing.”