Räikkönen will 'probably stop' after 2015
3 July 2014 – Former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen has implied that he will finish his Formula 1 career when his current Ferrari contract expires at the end of 2015.
Räikkönen entered the sport in 2001 and competed with Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari before embarking on a two year hiatus. He returned with Lotus in 2012 before returning to the Italian team ahead of the 2014 campaign.
The Finn has endured a trying season and is currently in 12th in the championship, having yet to finish a race higher than seventh position.
"Until my contract is finished, and then I will probably stop," Räikkönen said when asked about his long-term plans. "That's what I think is going to happen."
Räikkönen competed in the World Rally Championship during his absence from Formula 1 and also entered a couple of NASCAR Truck events and he is keen to sample other forms of motorsport – perhaps prior to his eventual Formula 1 departure.
"I tried many things and I think there is no harm in it. It doesn't take anything from me doing Formula 1," he said.
"I think it can only help. The teams are scared that we get hurt. It would be nice not just for us but for the fans to do many things."