Read Time:3 Minute, 30 Second Kimi Raikkonen, Formula 1’s most experienced driver, has called time on his career in the top flight with 349 starts to his name.
In that time he amassed 1,873 points, made 103 podium appearances, won 21 races and remains the most recent driver to won the world championship for Ferrari, in 2007. Take a look back on his career, which spanned more than two decades, in pictures.
2001 Raikkonen on his debut for Sauber in Albert Park, 2001 Raikkonen reacting to finishing sixth on his debut with a characteristically blunt “there’s still five in front of me.” McLaren lined up Raikkonen as a replacement for champion Raikkonen Raikkonen and Heidfeld earned Sauber’s best constructors championship finish 2002 At McLaren’s 2002 car launch, for the MP4-17 Raikkonen at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, where he finished third 2003 Raikkonen’s first victory at the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix A dramatic crash with Rubens Barrichello at the start of the 2003 German Grand Prix Michael Schumacher pipped Raikkonen to 2003 title by just two points 2004 The MP4-19 caused a lot of headaches in 2004 Third year at McLaren began poorly but yielded a single win, at Spa Typically focussed on his own celebrations, after placing second at the Brazilian Grand Prix, behind future team mate Juan-Pablo Montoya 2005 Victorious at Monaco in 2005, the first of three career podiums around the principality Into the gravel at the Nurburgring while leading, costing him vital points to title rival Fernando Alonso After the Renault driver took the championship Raikkonen scored the most memorable win of the year, at Suzuka 2006 Testing ahead of his final season at McLaren He took third at the opening round in Bahrain but it proved a win-less year 2007 Raikkonen’s debut and first victory for Ferrari in Melbourne One of two crucial late season wins, in China, to take the title from McLaren Crossing the line to clinch his first world championship Raikkonen pipped Hamilton to grab title in dramatic finale Celebrating his championship success on the Interlagos podium 2008 Raikkonen won in Malaysia as he started his title defence He hit the wall at Spa during a thrilling and controversial scrap with soon-to-be-champion Lewis Hamilton 2009 Raikkonen famously retired and went for an ice cream when his car let him down in rain-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix Raikkonen’s only victory of the 2009 season came at Spa, always one of his strongest tracks He bowed out of F1 for two years after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Battling with Mark Webber during the Bahrain Grand Prix after he returned with Lotus Closing on Hamilton in Hungary as he took another podium Raikkonen took his first victory after his return to F1 in Abu Dhabi 2013 He opened his second year at Lotus with another win in the Australian Grand Prix Team mate Romain Grosjean pushed him harder as the season went on After a first-lap retirement at Yas Marina, Raikkonen didn’t return to the cash-strapped team 2014 Ferrari lured him back for 2014, but the first year of the V6 turbo hybrids brought little cheer He spent just a single year as team mate to Fernando Alonso – team principal Marco Mattiacci was gone soon, too 2015 Ferrari returned to winning ways in 2015, though not for Raikkonen, as at the Mexican Grand Prix 2016 Driving to a third-place finish in Sochi On the drivers’ parade with fellow Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas at COTA The rain poured down at Interlagos, where Raikkonen was one of many who crashed out 2017 A dramatic collision with team mate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the Singapore Grand Prix start Driving to a podium finish in Sochi 2018 A record-breaking lap at Monza gave him his final career podium in 2018 Raikkonen saw off Hamilton for his 21st and final race win, at the United States Grand Prix A third place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix After losing his Ferrari seat, Raikkonen opted against retirement 2019 He returned to Sauber – who run Alfa Romeo – 2019. He came under attack from Max Verstappen at Spa Raikkonen’s final Singapore Grand Prix appearance 2020 Practice day in Monza during the heavily disrupted 2020 season 2021 Retirement from the Portuguese Grand Prix following contact with team mate Antonio Giovinazzi A final team photo with Alfa Romeo, in Abu Dhabi. Car trouble cut short his final F1 race F1 history Browse all history articles Source link