I was amazed on my summer vacation when, in both the international and domestic F1 debate, guidelines began to be drawn that Kimi Räikkönen should - or should have - stopped.
The media and some showed a species-specific overreaction.
Of course, at the beginning of the season, Räikkönen could have succeeded better in a couple of races, but in the big picture, nothing had changed from last season, and Räikkönen has also shown it as the season progresses.
There was also an overinterpretation of a few bounces on team radio.
As if Iceman hadn’t been as hot-blooded in the drivers of his car before.
One thing did support Räikkönen's closure: Alfa Romeo's performance, which was badly missing at the beginning of the season and is still not at last season's level.
However, progress has been made, and the follow-up agreement published on Friday shows that Räikkönen believes that the team will develop further.
Kimi Räikkönen will continue in the F1 series next season as well. Photo: Hoch Zwei / Zuma / MVPhotos
Räikkönen is one of Finland's sports legends.
I'm too young to remember Matti Nykänen's success for years or Teemu Selanne -huumaa the early 1990s, but still I dare to say that Raikkonen is probably the least popular Finnish athlete in recent history.
By the way, there are quite a lot of commonalities in the stories of Räikkönen and Selänte.
The careers of the people of Espoo culminated already in 2007, but Selänne stretched his career to the age of 43, Räikkönen drives in the number one at least 42 years old.
Selänte's earnings decreased significantly during the rest of his career compared to the peak years, and this has also happened to Räikkönen.
In the last years of his career, his back was no longer aiming for victory on the NHL paint exchange, and Anaheim was also far from a champion favorite.
Even Raikkonen no longer drives from the championship.
Careers have been stretched out of love for the sport.
The break also helped both.
Selänne has thanked for the 2004-05 lockout, his unplayability and knee operation for prolonging his career.
Räikkönen has said that without the 2010-11 break from the formulas, he would certainly not drive anymore.
The super-popular stars have, of course, received admiration in slightly different ways.
Where Selänne was ready to share autographs for hours and performed happily in front of the cameras, Räikkönen's opinion is not.
Räikkönen has also made it clear that in the F1 circus, everything other than driving, working with the stable and improving the car is a disgusting fuss for him.
Only a passion for the essential parts of the work will make him continue.
The follow-up deal is a victory for formulas both in Finland and in the world.
Räikkönen is still a high-quality driver.
In addition, he is super popular not only for his driving skills but also for the things he hates, such as media appearances.
Sometimes it's a little surprising when some people consider every single Räikkönen interview to be highly legendary, and sometimes even the unnecessary rude use of TV interviews is glowed.
Admittedly, he has also, in part, given us sports journalists a very healthy reminder of how empty many questions are.
Last autumn in Monza, Räikkönen uploaded his short English comments about the race that went wrong, after which Thomas Hofmann, the media officer of Alfa Romeo at the time, marched him in the interview enclosure for my speeches.
I started with a masterful question: "Was anything left of this race?"
and I got an “no” answer, after which Räikkönen walked away.
Maybe it was well deserved in that situation.
His interviews are often of the same type on the Friday-Sunday axis, when his focus is only on the essential, ie racing.
Even on Thursday, when there is a day off from driving, Räikkönen is not a vaginal mouth but a pleasant interviewee.
I admire Räikkö for not seemingly interested in what others think of him.
He also seems to live exceptionally strongly in the moment and does not worry about the past or the future.
Things that are considered desirable but surprisingly difficult for many people.
Kimi Räikkönen photographed at the Nürburgring earlier this season.Photo: BRYN LENNON / REUTERS
It can be assured that Alfa Romeo will never win world championships or races during Räikkönen's career.
Even getting on the podium requires a small miracle.
Räikkönen will go down in history as the driver who won one world championship and 21 races.
Many, such as Martin Whitmarsh, the former CEO of McLaren, believe that Räikkönen could have won much more if he had devoted himself even more to the sport in his wild years.
Similar josses, annoyances and criticisms are often heard in sports.
However, the issue can be viewed from another perspective: Räikkönen has lived his life as he wanted to, made the sacrifices necessary for an F1 career, and won the world championship on that side.
And when a dear “hobby,” as he described his career last year, then sometimes ends, he’s certainly happy with it himself.