Kimi Raikkonen moves to Italy

Kimi Raikkonen retired from Formula 1 at the end of of 2021, after a disappointing spell with Alfa Romeo.

2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly moved his family from Switzerland to Italy, to allow son Robin to take the next step in his racing career.

The report comes from Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, who understand that the ex-Ferrari driver has bought two properties in Northern Italy, close to all the region’s international karting circuits.

Raikkonen is believed to have purchased a stunning estate and farmhouse called ‘Il Torchio’ in Como, which is supposedly “logistically perfect for reaching most of the international kart tracks in northern Italy”.

However, as renovation work is currently being conducted at the property, Raikkonen has also bought an apartment for his family in the Italian city of Como.

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The location of the apartment will allow the former F1 driver to “be able to closely follow the renovation and pursue Robin’s career”, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent Salvo Sardina.

Robin is certainly looking like a bright star of the future, with him having already secured a victory and several podiums in the Rotax Micro category.

He’s currently racing for well-known Italian karting outfit CRG, who are famous for having worked with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and three-time World Champion Max Verstappen.

Robin racing for CRG is an indicator of just how talented the young Finn is, who could in the future bring the famous Raikkonen name back to the pinnacle of motorsport.

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He competes using the No.91, with his father having set up a dedicated social media account to track the eight-year-old’s progress.

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Given that Raikkonen has moved the family to Italy after living in Baar, Switzerland for so many years shows the amount of belief the 21-time race winner has in his son, who’s junior career is worth keeping an eye on.

Raikkonen himself is in the second year of his F1 retirement having called it a day at the end of the 2021 season, which was his third for Alfa Romeo after leaving Ferrari.

He has raced elsewhere since retiring from F1, most notably in two NASCAR Cup Series outings for Trackhouse Racing, with his most recent appearance having come earlier this year at the end of March.