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‘This time I don’t know what I’m doing’ – Kimi Raikkonen joins Instagram

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Formula 1 has broken a number of barriers when it comes to social media in the last two years, but Thursday saw another breakthrough for the sport.

Kimi Raikkonen joined Instagram.

A racing driver signing up to Instagram is usually no biggy – but Raikkonen has been one of two F1 drivers absent from all forms of social media for some time, the other being Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen is one of the most popular racing drivers in the world, becoming something of a cult figure in F1 due to his monosyllabic nature and famous radio quotes, the most notable being: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!”

But by his own admission, Raikkonen now does not know what he’s doing as he ventures into the big, wide world of Instagram complete with likes, hashtags and selfies.

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This time I don’t know what I’m doing. #Kimi7

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Raikkonen’s wife, Minttu, has been on Instagram for some time, and likely helped give the Iceman the nudge to get some kind of social media presence.

Raikkonen’s arrival means that Vettel is the only driver without any kind of social media account – but don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

“I just don’t understand why you have to constantly tell everyone what you are doing, where you are, who you are with,” Vettel told German broadcaster RTL back in June.

“I simply don’t have this need, but at the same time I don’t blame people if they are constantly talking about themselves.

“I think I grew up in a generation that was quite shy of having pictures taken or seeing themselves.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”