Kimi Raikkonen, GP3, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Raikkonen regrets being kept from doing more racing

2014 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, GP3, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Kimi Raikkonen says he would race in other series as well as Formula One if he had the chance to.

Raikkonen returned to F1 in 2012 following a two-year absence during which time he competed in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR Trucks. Last year while contracted to Lotus he took the opportunity to test a GP3 car with Koiranen GP (pictured).

Asked in today’s press conference whether he would like to have raced in the time of Jack Brabham, who died earlier this week, Raikkonen said he would like to race outside F1 if he could, as Brabham did.

“Obviously I read and it was sad to hear that he passed away,” Raikkonen said.

“Obviously these days are different than the days that they used to race and they could do different categories, different races. I think it would be very nice if we would be able to do different things at the same time and different races and try different things more so…

“But the problem is everything just gets so much more expensive these days and obviously people are more scared that you get hurt and they try to limit everything what you do.

“So it’s a shame because I think it would be more fun for everybody and the other sports would also benefit from it, and F1. It would be nice to do stuff like that.”

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