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Kimi considered quitting F1 (again)

2015-04-22 13:23

FERRARI TEAM MATES: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (left) and Kimi Raikkonen share a joke at the 2015 Bahrain GP. Raikkonen is reportedly happier than he's ever been at the team. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

MADRID, Spain - Kimi Raikkonen considered returning to F1 retirement after his disastrous 2014 season, according to a Spanish sports daily.

He bounced back from a slump in Bahrain by breathing down reigning champion and championship leader Lewis Hamilton neck.

It came after an horror 2014 for Raikkonen, who was thrashed by his now-departed former Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso.

FRUSTRATED IN F1

A source close to the 2007 champion is quoted as saying by the Spanish daily Marca: "He wants to stay at Ferrari, 100%."

Marca claims after Bahrain that Raikkonen "seriously considered" returning to retirement at the end of last season.

Marca reported: "He could not get the car how he wanted and was very frustrated."

But that has all changed in 2015, as Raikkonen is happy with the James Allison-penned SF15-T and the better atmosphere under new boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

The source said: "He is a different person now, he's happy and excited."

FINALLY WAKES UP

After his first Ferrari tenure ended in 2009, Raikkonen spent two years in rallying and Nascar.

Raikkonen said: "The only problem I have, is that Seb is faster in qualifying, but that changes in the race."

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport said after Bahrain: "Raikkonen, dreaming of a new Ferrari contract, finally wakes up."

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