Published: 10:18 | 22/10/18

Raikkonen plays down US win

Kimi Raikkonen tried to play down the significance of his win at the United States Grand Prix.

Prior to his win in Texas, Raikkonen's had not won since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and his first victory in 113 races has kept alive Ferrari's slim hopes of winning the title.

The Finn overtook Lewis Hamilton at the start and held off the challenge of world championship leader as his tyres fared better around the Circuit of the Americas to claim the 21st victory of his career.

Despite the success, Raikkonen was quick to downplay his achievement.

“It’s not a big deal for me, it’s a much bigger deal for a lot of the people. If it comes, it comes; if it doesn’t, it really doesn’t change my life one bit," Raikkonen said.

“I’m happy we are here and that we win but I think the biggest difference is the way people look at you.

“If you look at people in a different way if they win or not, it doesn’t make a lot of difference in my mind.

“But obviously I’m happy, just proving some people wrong it’s enough fun for me.”

Raikkonen will be replaced at Ferrari by Charles Leclerc next season but the 39-year-old insists he is happy to be leaving the team and moving to Sauber.

“I think people don’t understand I’m actually very happy with where I’m going. I had my time with Ferrari, I won my championship with them, I won many races with them and for me, as a driver, I want different challenges, I want different things," Raikkonen explained.

“I’m actually really happy to go there, it’s roughly 40 minutes from my home, for sure my family will be happy and I’m happy to be with my family. I think it’s probably the best thing and I wasn’t at any point disappointed with the decision.

“The only thing that I was interested in was to know what was going to happen. I’ve been long enough in Formula 1 to know that it doesn’t matter if you have a contract or not, things happen for different reasons. The end result is that I’m very excited about.”

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