Karun Chandhok claims Kimi Raikkonen demanded a curry from him

2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen was an F1 fan favourite due to his personality and comical actions.

Ex-Formula 1 drive turned pundit Karun Chandhok recently revealed an encounter he had in Japan with 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, whilst the Finn was drunk.

Raikkonen has been retired from F1 since the conclusion of the 2021 season, which he completed with Alfa Romeo.

The Finn was a fan favourite throughout his career, with him often being a man of very few words.

However, that seemed to always change after he treated himself to a few drinks, something Chandhok found out in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

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Chandhok recalled that he’d been in the capital city following the Japanese Grand Prix, where he was in a bar at “some ridiculous time in the morning”.

However, Chandhok revealed that a drunk Raikkonen then came up to him and demanded to be taken for a curry by the Indian driver, before Chandhok informed the Finn that he wasn’t sure where the nearest curry restaurant was.

When Chandhok delivered the bad news, he was put in a headlock by the disappointed Finn.

“Well, he came up, it was bizarre really because we were in a bar in Tokyo after the race, and it was at some ridiculous time in the morning, and he’d obviously had a lot of clear liquid,” Chandhok recalled, as revealed in the Instagram video.

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“But he came up to me and went, ‘I want a curry, take me somewhere.’.

“And I just stood there and went, ‘I haven’t spoken to you in a decade, but sure, we could go to dinner that’ll be fun.’.

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“And then when I said I didn’t know where a curry restaurant was in Tokyo, he got me in a headlock, wrestled me to the ground, and then just walked off,” Chandhok shockingly revealed.

Raikkonen was known throughout his F1 career for having a unique personality and actions, which included him walking straight to his yacht after retiring from the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix.

That same season, he missed Michael Schumacher being given an award by Brazilian footballer icon Pele, due to being on the toilet.