Raikkonen: If I don't enjoy racing, I will retire after 2020

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Kimi Raikkonen has made it clear his passion for racing will determine if he stays in Formula 1 next year.

The 40-year-old is out of contract at Alfa Romeo at the end of this season with Nico Hulkenberg a name occasionally floated as a potential replacement.

But in the year that should still see him become F1's all-time most experienced driver, surpassing Rubens Barrichello, Raikkonen admits enjoyment is the only factor motivating his next move.

“I have said already that I will do this season and then I will decide,” he told Infobae. “If I continue to enjoy racing this year, I will continue. If not, I will retire.”

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Raikkonen has walked away from F1 before, leaving Ferrari after 2009, but returned three years later with Lotus and has been a feature on the grid since.

“It’s very simple: I love racing," he said on how he's been able to sustain his career.

“I don’t really care about all the rest, the interviews and all that, but I really like the feeling of racing wheel to wheel. I missed that and that’s why I came back.”

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But while some drivers say the fear of missing the sport often influences their decision to continue, the always blunt Finn doubts that will be his case.

“I don’t think I will miss it. There are good people and I will keep in touch with them, but that’s all,” he added.

“I have spent many years there and when I choose to stop I am sure that I will find plenty of things to keep me busy.”