20 years of Kimi Raikkonen in Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen

The long history of Kimi raikkonen in Formula 1 they are not pure luck. The Finn did not pave the way easily, since based on victories and talent he consolidated himself in the top flight. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the first time that Kimi got into a Sauber, the same structure as his current team: Alfa Romeo.

For this anniversary, the Italian team shared an emotional video where the words of Peter Sauber, owner of the team he tested with in 2000, are heard. Coincidentally, that test took place at the Mugello circuit, the same place where the Grand Prix of Tuscany this weekend.

In the video published this Friday, images of that first contact with the blue car are shown. Peter Sauber recalled that special moment for Formula 1. “I provided Kimi Raikkonen with a Formula 1 test for three days at Mugello,” recalls Sauber. “I visited him on the second day and immediately saw that he was a very special young man,” he added.

“I had only raced 23 races in Formula Renault, so I had no experience in a racing car. F1. He had never shifted gears with the steering wheel. However, he had no problems with that function and it was very fast, ”said Sauber. He also praised Raikkonen’s personality, off the track. «He is a very special person. He is very focused and does not get discouraged by anything when he has something in mind »

Lastly, Peter Sauber commented on how he decided to give the young Finn a contract. “When we got back on the plane we knew we had to offer him the position.” For his part, Frederic Vasseur commented: “Kimi is a great asset to the team. He is also very enthusiastic ». Kimi has in his palm a Formula 1 title, from the hand of Ferrari, in 2007.

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We speak with Peter Sauber, the man who gave @kimimatiasraikkonen his chance 20 years ago today, and team principal Fred Vasseur. ? #TuscanGP # Kimi7 #AlfaRomeoRacing #ORLEN #Sauber @srfsport

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