Kimi Raikkonen admits that he is puzzled by the fact that he has got so much support from the fans during his Formula 1 career.
Raikkonen is surely one of the most remarkable personalities in F1 history thanks to his off-track behavior. He has got a lot of supporters thanks to it, though the Finn does not understand how that has happened.
“I don’t know why they like me. Maybe because I am what I am. Consistently odd or weird, or whatever you want to call it!” Raikkonen told Motorsport.com.
“It’s normal for me, but for outside, maybe not for everybody. But I’ve done it exactly on my own terms, most of the way anyway.”
Raikkonen believes that being devoted to his personality helped him: “Here and there, you need to somewhat go in another way. Obviously more in the beginning, it’s more difficult, because they try to put you somewhere. But if you don’t, they kind of give up on trying to change you.
“It’s easier [for them to say]: maybe it’s best to just let him do what he wants.
“I’m happy that I did the fighting in the beginning, because it’s obviously a lot easier. [After that] it’s much harder to try to be somebody else.”