Cape Town - Kimi Raikkonen faced the media in Singapore and didn't seem
too keen to play the media game, although he reveal he only began talks with
Sauber at Monza.
It was in the build-up to the Italian Grand Prix that
reports of Charles Leclerc's move to Ferrari gathered momentum.
It emerged that the Monaco driver had signed a contract with
former Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne. The only question was whether the
new management would honour it.
By the end of the Italian GP weekend they had decided they
would and Raikkonen, told he was out, began talking with Sauber.
"In Monza, that's when I knew," he said of his
Ferrari exit, the confirmation of which led to talks with Sauber.
"I know people at Sauber from the past, so it
[negotiations] basically started after that.
"I don't think it has always been there [the desire to
"Obviously you never know here what will happen. I
wouldn't say there are plans for a long time that this is going to
Asked why he chose Sauber, the Finn replied: "Why
He was then asked what about Sauber's future plans had
convinced him to re-join the team. He replied: "Because I want to go.
"Why do you try to make it so complicated? I don't know
anything more than you guys [beyond] purely where they have been finishing.
"I don't know what will happen, nobody knows what will
happen next year.
"I don't care about what others think. As long as I am
happy with my own reasons, it is enough for me."
His rather blunt replies continued as he was asked if he
still had a passion for racing.
"No," he said. "I am fired [up] by head games
for you guys."
The Finn denied reports that his Sauber deal had the
potential to also be a management or team owner role.
"I signed my contract as a driver and I hope I stay
there as a driver. Who knows what happens in the future or two years.
"There is always speculation but I don't have any
contract about that."