Raikkonen clarifies retirement rumours

Raikkonen Belgium 2014 portrait

Kimi Raikkonen has clarified previous comments on his retirement from F1, which seemed to suggest he would quit the sport following the 2015 season.

The Finn, who at 34 is the oldest man on the current grid, confirmed that the end of his F1 career is relatively close and that he plans to spend the remainder of it with Ferrari.

“I'm not a young guy anymore so obviously I want to do something more in my life than just Formula 1,” Raikkonen told CNN.

“But I have no plans; I will finish my career at Ferrari, we'll see in the future.”

Similar comments earlier in the season led to speculation that Raikkonen would quit when his current Ferrari deal ends at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

However the 2007 World Champion says that he was misunderstood and that he only confirmed Ferrari would be his final team, leaving open the possibility of a contract extension with the Scuderia.

“The only thing that I said was that I will finish my F1 career in Ferrari, then people came up with 'it's end of this year, it's now, it's then'.

"With newspapers, they just try to make rumours, wanting to be the guy that writes something up; it's just rumours,” added the Finn.

Raikkonen has struggled on his return to Ferrari this season, scoring 41 points to team-mate Fernando Alonso's 121. However the Finn showed signs of improvement at last month's Belgian Grand Prix, taking a season-best fourth-place finish.