The laconic Finn is returning to his former team Ferrari next year, and on Friday in Korea he made an ultra-rare mistake and crashed heavily.
In fact, it was Raikkonen’s first significant incident since his return to F1: “It must have been about 2008,” the 33-year-old is quoted by Speed Week.
He is out of the running for this year’s world championship, and reportedly racing without pay for the time being.
Is Raikkonen’s motivation on the wane?
“For me, nothing changes,” he insisted. “The title is gone but I still fight for wins and podiums.
“The fact that I have signed for another team changes nothing, as I’m not interested in just rolling around.”
When asked about his back injury, Raikkonen said it feels “ok” in Korea, even though he admitted he is deliberately dodging some of the harshest kerbs.