Raikkonens "having a s***" interview still iconic as he announces F1 retirement

Kimi Raikkonen this week announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the 2021 season – but it's not just his driving which will be fondly remembered by fans.

Raikkonen, 41, enjoyed a career in F1 that spanned more than two decades, with the high point coming in 2007 when he won the World Championship whilst driving for Ferrari.

But the Finnish driver has been just as colourful off the track as he's been successful on it, and after confirming on Wednesday this current season with Alfa Romeo would be his last, footage has resurfaced of one of his funniest moments.

Raikkonen was representing McLaren at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, his last before joining Ferrari, but was nowhere to be seen before the race as football legend Pele was the subject of a pre-race presentation.

He later emerged, prompting ITV commentator Martin Brundle to accost him live on air and tell him about what he'd missed.

"Yeah I was having a s***," replied Raikkonen, seemingly unfazed by the camera.

To Brundle's credit, his response was prompt.

"Yeah, thanks for that. You'll obviously have a nice light car on the grid then… now can you win this race?"

The remainder of the interview took on a more serious tone but the comment was greeted with hilarity by F1 fans.

The clip reappeared on YouTube in October 2018, and has since been viewed over 258,000 times and garnered over 4,600 likes.

And as tributes pour in for Raikkonen, one of only five drivers to notch more than 100 podium finishes, the footage has inevitably come to light again this week.

"Here after he announced his retirement. Still one of his greatest moments," commented one fan.

Another said: "I love Kimi, a man of few words but when he does speak he's so matter of fact and funny."

One of the most popular comments referred to the few people who opted to 'dislike' the post: "The dislikes are from people who used the toilet after Kimi."

On Wednesday, Raikkonen announced his imminent retirement on social media.

"This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1," he said. "I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time."

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