Formula 1 World Champions Who Retired

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Every sport has its legends, and Formula 1 is no different. And just like every other sport, no driver can compete forever.

As much as we love rooting for our favourite athletes, all good things must end. Read on, as this article will go over the most notable Formula 1 champions who have retired.

Mika Häkkinen

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Mika Häkkinen, also known as The Flying Finn, is one of only three Finnish racers ever to win the World Championship, and he’s the only one to have won it twice, in 1998 and 1999.

Though he’s been retired from Formula One for over 20 years now, he had an impressive 10-year career with 20 wins and 51 podium placements. Though he started his career with Lotus, he won two World Championships while driving for McLaren.

Häkkinen’s last entry in Formula One was the 2001 Japanese Grand Prix. He decided to take a sabbatical from F1 in 2001, which turned into permanent retirement in mid-2002. In 2005, he returned to the sport, racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters until fully retiring in 2007. He has lived in Monaco since 1991 and owns houses in France and Finland.

When he’s not hopping between properties, he’s the face of Unibet’s recently launched responsible gambling campaign, which teaches people worldwide how to play responsibly through online casino sites like Crypto-Gambling.com.

Jenson Button

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British F1 driver Jenson Button won the Formula One World Championship in 2009. He made his first appearance in 2000 at the Australian Grand Prix, driving for Williams.

He switched teams multiple times, racing for Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn, and McLaren. He achieved 15 wins in his 17-year career, and his final race was the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. He recorded a total of 1,235 career points during his F1 career.

After his retirement, Button began racing in the Super GT Series for Team Kunimitsu with Naoki Yamamoto. The duo won at Sportsland Sugo in 2018, but Button quit in late 2019 after deciding to explore other racing series. Since January 2021, he has been a senior advisor for Williams.

Kimi Räikkönen

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Kimi Räikkönen, also known as The Iceman, is another Finnish driver who ruled roads in F1. He won the World Championship in 2007, racing for Scuderia Ferrari.

During his career with Formula One from 2001 to 2021, he recorded 21 wins and 201 podium finishes. He achieved an impressive 1,873 career points. Räikkönen raced for Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, and Alfa Romeo.

Räikkönen had an incredibly lucrative career and was frequently featured on Forbes’s list of highest-paid athletes.

He took a brief break from F1 starting with the 2010 season, during which he switched to rally racing and NASCAR. He returned to F1 in 2012 until his retirement in 2021. Now that he’s retired, he’ll hopefully be spending more of his time on his hobbies, such as snowboarding and ice hockey.

Nico Rosberg

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German-Finnish driver Nico Rosberg won the World Championship in 2016 and surprised everyone when he announced his retirement just five days later.

During his 10-year career, he had 23 wins and 57 podium finishes. He competed in 206 Grand Prix races and collected 1,594.5 points while driving for Williams and Mercedes. When he announced his retirement, he said he was doing so to spend more time with his family.

Since his retirement from Formula 1, Rosberg has transitioned into driver management and eco-entrepreneurship. He also founded Rosberg X Racing in 2020 to compete in the Extreme E series, an all-electric SUV off-roading series.

Michael Schumacher

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Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is a German racer who holds the joint record with Lewis Hamilton for the most World Drivers’ Championship titles, with each driver winning seven.

He began his career in F1 with the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix and finished it in 2012 with the Brazilian Grand Prix. When he retired, he held the record for most wins (91) and is still the record-holder for the highest volume of fastest laps (77).

He raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes. Schumacher retired temporarily between 2006 and 2009 and then took a brief hiatus from the sport again in 2009 after suffering a neck injury during a motorcycle accident.

He had another bad accident during a ski trip in 2013, where he hit his head on a rock. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and was put into a medically induced coma, from which he eventually woke. However, he was left paralyzed and continues to have difficulties communicating.

Jacques Villeneuve

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Jacques Villeneuve is a Canadian driver who won the World Championship in 1997, racing for Williams. Other teams he drove for include BAR, Renault, Sauber, and BMW Sauber. He retired in 2006, with his last entry being the German Grand Prix. When he ended his career with Formula One, he had 11 wins and 23 podium finishes.

Villeneuve competed in many professional motorsport series, including the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Formula E, and IndyCar Series. He is still active in motorsports, driving part-time in the NASCAR Cup Series for the 2022 season. When he’s not racing, Villeneuve spends his time writing and recording music.

Damon Hill

F1 New Williams team mates Damon Hill (GBR) (left) and Ayrton Senna (BRA) were on hand to test the FW16 for the first time.Formula One Testing, Estoril, Portugal, 18-20 January 1994.

British driver Damon Hill had a short but impressive career with Formula One from 1992 to 1999, and he won the World Championship in 1996. His father, Graham Hill, was also a Formula One World Champion, making Damon one of only two drivers to have won a world championship after their fathers already had.

Hill drove for Brabham, Williams, Arrows, and Jordan during his career, achieving 22 wins and 42 podium finishes.

However, he acquired only 360 career points. Since retiring, he has remained active in the sport, launching the Prestige and Super Car Private Members Club P1 International in 2000 and becoming president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club in 2006. He has also spent much of his post-retirement career as a broadcaster for British media.

Though we don’t get to watch our favourite drivers forever, their legacies continue to live on long after their careers with Formula 1 finish.