Maybe unsurprisingly, Lando Norris says he by no means had a correct chat with ex-Method 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Norris and Raikkonen have been actually on the reverse finish of their careers through the time once they shared the grid between 2019 and 2021.
Norris burst onto the scene in 2019, spending that season and the next two establishing himself as a possible future star, serving to to pull McLaren again as much as the entrance of the midfield.
Raikkonen, in the meantime, in 2019 was settling into life at Alfa Romeo, seeking to benefit from the twilight years of his profession, F1 now serving successfully as a pastime to him after exiting Ferrari.
Nonetheless, at no level did they strike up any kind of dialog.
Requested if he misses Raikkonen throughout a followers’ Q&A on the Quadrant YouTube channel, Norris replied: “I don’t assume I ever mentioned a phrase to him other than a ‘you alright?’, like if you stroll previous somebody you understand however don’t actually know.”
Raikkonen earned his nickname of ‘The Iceman’ via his chilly and direct persona, which in line with many personnel across the Method 1 paddock was removed from the true Kimi seen when away from the cameras.
He actually didn’t like talking to the media, so his interviews are maybe the one a part of Raikkonen that Norris misses.
“I miss watching Kimi. I miss his interviews and that facet [of him]. However other than that, no,” Norris added.
When Raikkonen retired on the finish of 2021, a preferred determine on the Method 1 grid was misplaced.
Luckily although, Norris says the collection nonetheless has an “thrilling grid” to maintain everybody gripped.
“There are many different cool individuals on the earth and we’ve an thrilling grid,” mentioned the Briton.
After all, Raikkonen’s repute in Method 1 was not all about that frosty method, for he additionally achieved loads of success on the monitor.
In his profession, Raikkonen achieved 21 race wins, 103 podium finishes and 18 pole positions, with the crowning achievement being his World Championship in 2007.
One other fan query requested whether or not Raikkonen would characteristic in Norris’ record of 5 drivers whom he would mix to make the final word Method 1 driver.
To reply this query, Norris selected to mix 5 drivers on the present grid.
“I’ll go together with current drivers, not previous,” he started. “You’d have Lewis [Hamilton] in there, you’d have Max [Verstappen], I really like Fernando [Alonso], a little bit of Carlos [Sainz] and a little bit of Yuki [Tsunoda].
“Yuki loves a little bit of radio scream, so only for pure leisure I’d put Yuki in there.
“I missed Charles [Leclerc] out, I really feel dangerous, however from these others I feel [if] you place them collectively you’d have just about an unbeatable driver.”