Kimi Raikkonen made his grand prix debut in Australia back in 2001. This weekend in Canada he will be making his 200th start and intends to be racing flat out, not simply making up the numbers.
Speaking ahead of the Montreal weekend Raikkonen said, “I’ve been told this weekend’s Canadian GP will be my 200th grand prix, which shows how time flies.”
“I’ll still be racing flat out and the numbers don’t really change anything, but I’m sure it’s a milestone that I will look back on with pride in years to come.”
Hitting the big 200 puts Raikkonen 14th in the all-time table, which is headed by Rubens Barrichello on 323 Formula 1 race starts.
The 35 year old Finn took a two year sabbatical in 2010 and 2011, returning with Lotus in 2010 before moving this year to Ferrari with whom he won the world title in 2007.
Raikkonen won the Canadian Grand Prix back in 2005 for McLaren, but since then the venue on Ile de Notre Dame has not been a happy hunting ground. He is hoping to change that fact this weekend.
“Apart from this being my 200th race, I’m not here just to make up the numbers and getting a good result in Montreal would give us a better reason to celebrate. The Canadian race is one of the most challenging of the season and a track where you have to get everything just right in terms of the car set-up.”
“We have some upgrades for this weekend, but of course the other teams have not been standing still, so the order should not have changed much.”
“Hopefully we can close the gap a bit and get the best result of the season so far for my 200th race, which would be great for the whole team,” added Raikkonen who has 20 grand prix wins on his CV. (GP247)