Now a former Formula 1 driver, Kimi Raikkonen says his former Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel has a very specific way of working. Raikkonen and Vettel were teammates on the Maranello team between 2015 and 2018, developing a good relationship during that time, and both drivers were regularly seen talking in the paddock outside of their stints with the Italian team.
The German is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1 with four titles won, while in Ferrari he achieved 13 victories. Sebastian failed in his intention to pick up another winning trophy for the title he won, which he just wanted to win at Ferrari.
On the other hand, Raikkonen won his first and last title in the Italian team. However, the Finnish driver revealed that the German driver in the Ferrari had a "very special" way in his work. "Obviously (he) is a great driver," Kimi Raikkonen said of Vettel in the Beyond the Grid podcast.
"We always had a good relationship, and (he had) a very special way of working!" Usually, Sebastian Vettel's approach was characterized by a great deal of attention to detail, which is known to favor his notebook and pen.
Kimi Raikkonen on Sebastian Vettel
But Kimi Raikkonen does not believe that Sebastian Vettel’s detailed approach automatically means that he is an extremely specific driver who works hard, he actually finds it very difficult to define how hard he works as a driver.
Until then, he said that some in Formula 1 are too preoccupied with trying to leave the padock last, just to look good. "What is hard (work) and what is not hard (work)?" Raikkonen asked. "But Vettel may need some time!" "But then, everyone has their own different way.
It's not always… People say: he has to work hard because they leave him last. It's not him (Vettel), but it's general, "Kimi continued. "It's like: if you've done your job, if you're just going to stay in the paddock, or whatever, an extra three hours to make sure you're last (gone), to look good…" "People can do whatever they want.
I will do my job, and when I am happy that everything is done as we want with the engineers, I am leaving. " "We all have a different way of working and different things we want to review (in the car) and see."
Kimi Raikkonen retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, after serving three seasons with Alfa Romeo, while Sebastian Vettel is preparing to start his second season with Aston Martin.