Top Formula 1 drivers of all-time: #24 – Kimi Raikkonen
The 2020 Formula 1 season saw Kimi Raikkonen become the most experienced driver of all-time, save for safety car driver Bernd Mayländer, and he has done more than enough throughout his two-part career to classify himself as one of the sport’s top 25 drivers of all-time.
Raikkonen won a career-high seven races in the 2005 season, including the Monaco Grand Prix, with McLaren after having never won more than one race in three previous seasons with the team, but it wasn’t quite enough to win the world championship.
With a six-win 2007 season, his first season as a Ferrari driver, he secured their first world championship since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher won his fifth in a row with the team in 2004 to cap off the most dominant stretch in the sport’s history.
To this day, his 2007 title is the most recent driver title for the sport’s all-time most successful team, which haven’t managed to win another constructor since the 2008 season. The 2008 season was the penultimate season of Raikkonen’s first stint there.
After a two-year hiatus from Formula 1 in 2010 and 2011 in which he competed in other forms of motorsport, including NASCAR, he returned and won one race in both 2012 and 2013 with Lotus.
Until the 2020 season, his Lotus win in 2013 was the most recent win for a team other than Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. “The Iceman” will forever have a spot as one of Formula 1’s top drivers.