Amidst all the exposure of Lewis Hamilton’s record, there was one more driver celebrating a separate milestone. Going past Rubens Barrichello’s record of 322 starts, Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen celebrated his 323rd start in the Eifel Grand Prix.
Starting off in the 2001 Australian GP, it has most certainly been a long time in F1 for Raikkonen. The veteran driver, of course, won the World Drivers’ Championship in 2007 with Ferrari.
And if speculation is to be believed, Kimi Raikkonen could further extend that record of 323 starts. That is, if he decides to continue with Alfa Romeo for one more season in the sport.
Kimi Raikkonen thankful for all the ‘support and cake’
Some drivers would prefer to celebrate a milestone with much more fanfare. But, Raikkonen being Raikkonen, decided to go in a different direction.
Concise and to the point. Like we expected anything else.
📸 Raikkonen on Instagram pic.twitter.com/xZnAyeYNVA
— The Race (@wearetherace) October 12, 2020
A simple picture of him cutting a cake, the Finn driver’s post on Instagram was captioned, “Yes I have been around for a while. Thanks for all the support and cake.”
It does seem like he has been around for a while, but Kimi races with the same amount of gusto as he did when he first started. Over the years, he has only gained that much experience.
He can boast of a great career, one that many drivers can only dream of. Of his 323 starts, he was won 21 races and 103 podiums, while also picking up several points finishes along the way.
He did not have the most eventful of races at the Nurburgring
Despite the special occasion, it was not exactly a race to savor for Kimi Raikkonen. Starting P16 after dropping some pace in qualifying, things did not like rosy for Alfa Romeo once again.
But after making a decent start in the race and up into P11, he rear-ended Williams’ George Russell. That saw him earn a 10-second penalty for causing an ‘avoidable collision’ by the FIA.
Had he not received the penalty, he was on course for a points finish. Eventually, Raikkonen finished P12 in the race – just 0.6 seconds behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Nevertheless, he has been a great competitor in the top motor sport division. And he will hope, that he can continue entertaining on and off the track for a few more years to come.