Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he doubts the Malaysian Grand Prix will be missed by himself and other F1 drivers alike, after suggesting that the circuit is visually quite boring with not much for the drivers to look at and admire.
Speaking to the press ahead of what is scheduled to be the last Grand Prix to take place in Malaysia, with the circuit not being contracted for the 2018 season or beyond, Raikkonen said: “To be honest I don’t know if we’re gonna miss it.
“Like I said, it’s a nice circuit, but all you see is the airport, the hotel next to the airport. So you can choose from that what you’re going to miss.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was sitting beside him during the press conference, sarcastically suggested to Raikkonen that he should ‘come back on holiday’ to visit the airport.
The Ferrari driver was speaking with a smile on his face despite his less than enthused answer. After all, it was the circuit where Raikkonen won his first ever Formula One race way back in 2003.
He also finished first there during the 2008 F1 season.
But, sentiment aside, it seems as though the Malaysian Grand Prix won’t be deeply missed by the 37-year-old.
You can watch Raikkonen's react in the press conference below.
With the race set to take place on October 1, Raikkonen will be hoping to relive some of his past Malaysian glories as he aims to inch his way up the standings, currently sitting in fifth place behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.
The Malaysian Grand Prix has been a staple in the Formula One calendar since 1999, but after the contract wasn’t renewed for the new season, there will doubts about whether the circuit will host a F1 race ever again.
Something tells me Kimi Raikkonen is hoping for just that.