Kimi Raikkonen has made the switch from Ferrari to Sauber and will be with his boyhood team for the next two years at least.
So, while Ferrari fans were abject post the announcement of Kimi’s departure, the F1 fraternity as a whole has something to smile about, as they’ll have two more years of Kimi magic to endure on and off the track.
Now, while the world was fascinated with Kimi’s antics during the FIA gala, one where he was drunk and acted hilariously, a reddit user came up with how Kimi’s age would be affected because of staying in Formula 1 for so long.
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This will happen because of time dilation, as a clock in motion will tick slower as compared to one that is at rest.
Now, in order to calculate time dilation, the fan has taken the distance covered by Kimi during his F1 career and the average speed that he has maintained all through.
“Due to time dilation, a clock that is in move relative to an other clock that is at rest will tick slower. The faster you move, the slower time will be for you.
He concluded the argument by saying that maybe Kimi is trying to stay in F1 forever, so as to cheat death.
“By the end of 2020, the end of his contract with Sauber, Kimi will be the most experienced driver in history with approx. 336 race starts.
“To calculate time dilation, we need Kimi’s average speed in F1 and the distance he has travelled.
“The average speed, I think 230 km/h is a fair estimate. This is 0.000021% of the speed of light and at this speed, time dilation is 99.9999999999978%. But how much time this is?
“336 races with an average of 307 kilometers is 103152 kilometers. During a regular race weekend, outside of the race the drivers complete approx. a whole race distance, maybe a bit more (especially in the past with FP4 and warmup), so 210000 kilometers lifetime distance in Formula 1 is about as precise as I’m gonna get. (fun fact: this is over 5 times the length of the Equator of Earth)
“With these numbers, we can calculate that for us slow peasants, this equals to 54782.4 minutes, but at Kimi’s speed it only took 54782.39999999879 minutes for him.
“He is about 0.00000000121 minutes younger than a non-racing driver Kimi Räikkönen would be.
“PS: my theory with Kimi staying in F1 for so long is that he’s trying to cheat death with time dilation. World Champion 2107, !RemindMe 89 years” the fan wrote.
All you physicists and time travel enthusiasts, do you consider all of this to be correct?