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I had fun and I did it my way, says retiring Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen said yesterday Formula One had never been the most important thing in his life and he would walk away with no regrets, no complaints and no particular plan for the future.

“I had fun and I did it my way,” the 41-year-old Finn, who won the 2007 title and has started more races than any driver, told reporters at Zandvoort ahead of the first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years. “I wouldn’t change a single thing even if I could.” Raikkonen, who announced on Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the season, remains the last driver to win the championship for Ferrari and, now with Alfa Romeo, will be making his 342nd start on Sunday. More talkative yesterday than his famously taciturn reputation, the “Iceman” said he had made his decision last winter and looked forward to spending more time at home with his young family. He made his GP debut in 2001 with the Sauber team that now races as Alfa.


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