Cape Town - Steve Robertson, long-time manager of Kimi Raikkonen, has
said retirement was never an option for the Finn who "just loves
The question of who would partner Sebastian Vettel at
Ferrari in 2019 has been a long-running saga this season, with Charles Leclerc
eventually favoured ahead of Raikkonen, who has spent eight seasons with the
Scuderia during his Formula 1 career.
While it came as no real surprise to see Leclerc promoted to
Ferrari, Raikkonen signing a two-year deal with Sauber certainly raised a few
However, his manager has said that Raikkonen's desire and
passion for Formula 1 is still a fire that burns brightly.
"Kimi loves driving," Robertson said. "He
could have stopped, but he just loves driving at the top in Formula 1."
“He has been with F1’s iconic team for eight years, which is
incredible. Now he may decide to end his career at the team where he started
He added to C Morelle: "Kimi had a meeting with them
first and then he handed over to me.
"They were interested and Kimi made it clear that he
"Then he gave me a job and we did [the deal] as we have
throughout his career."
An announcement on who will partner Raikkonen at Sauber in
2019 is due soon, with Ferrari expected once again to push for Antonio
Giovinazzi to take the second seat with Marcus Ericsson making way.