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Kubica Is Back ! Replaces Raikkonen At Dutch GP

Kubica Is Back ! Replaces Raikkonen At Dutch GP

September 4, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News

Formula 1 Breaking News:

Kubica Is Back ! He Will Make his First Grand Prix Start Since 2019 in Place of Kimi Raikkonen at Zandvoort this Weekend.

The Dutch Grand Prix was hosted at Circuit Zandvoort in North Holland, Netherlands, from 1950 to 1985, and will be held again from 2021 onwards.



CIRCUIT LENGTH4.259 km (2.646 mi)

Kubica is set to return to Formula One after Raikkonen tested positive for COVID.After Kimi Raikkonen tested positive for COVID-19, Robert Kubica will race in the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend.

It means Alfa Romeo reserve driver Kubica will take the wheel for the first time since his farewell outing for Williams at the end of the 2019 season, as the team revealed just before FP3.
Kubica competed in Formula One from 2006 until 2010 before suffering catastrophic injuries to his right hand and arm in a rallying accident, thus ending his grand prix career.
However, the Pole returned to F1 in 2019 with Williams, where he spent a season partnering George Russell before joining Alfa Romeo as a reserve driver in 2020.

He has previously driven this year’s Alfa Romeo C41 vehicle in various testing days, gaining familiarity with the car and its operations, and will race under the number #88 this weekend.
Kubica will make his maiden appearance on the circuit at Zandvoort in FP3, when he will have one hour of practice time before qualifying in the afternoon.

While Alfa Romeo is satisfied that Raikkonen’s illness did not spread to the rest of the team, Williams team principal Jost Capito has chosen to withdraw from the team after seeing the Finn on Friday night.
Capito will not return to the paddock for the remainder of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, according to a statement from Williams.


Kimi Raikkonen Retires
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KIMI RAIKKONEN To Retire From F1 At the End of the 2021 F1 Season

KIMI RAIKKONEN To Retire From F1 At the End of the 2021 F1 Season

September 2, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News

Kimi Räikkönen, a former world champion, has announced that he would retire from Formula One at the end of the season. The 41-year-old, who won his lone drivers’ championship with Ferrari in 2007, has spent the last three years with Alfa Romeo and will retire from the sport after the calendar’s last race in Abu Dhabi in December.

Räikkönen debuted in Formula One in 2001 and was a title contender within two years, finishing second to Michael Schumacher until Fernando Alonso pipped him to the crown in 2005. In the 2007 season, the Espoo-born driver finally had his crowning moment, defeating his previous team McLaren and its drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to win the world championship.

  • The 2007 World Champion retains the record for the most Formula One starts.
  • Finn’s 20-year career comes to a close with three seasons at Alfa Romeo.

He broke the record for most Formula One starts at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. Räikkönen joined Sauber-Petronas as a regular driver in 2001, having previously raced in only 23 car races.

Formula One World Championship Career

Entries344 (341 starts)
Championships1 (2007)

“It wasn’t an easy choice, but it’s time to move on after this season. Despite the fact that the season is still ongoing, I want to express my gratitude to my family, all of my teams, everyone involved in my racing career, and, most importantly, all of you wonderful fans who have been supporting for me all along.

Formula One may be coming to a close for me, but there is still so much more in life that I want to do. After all of this, I’ll see you around! Regards, Kimi.”

10 fascinating facts about Kimi Raikkonen

  • He couldn’t decide between ice hockey and racing.
  • Ron Dennis is the man behind his well-known moniker.
  • On and off the track, he is a record-breaker.
  • He is a huge fan of James Hunt.
  • Between races, he once partied for 16 days straight.
  • He has never won the SPOTY Award in Finland.
  • He is the only driver to have won in all three eras: V10, V8, and hybrid.
  • He despises receiving phone calls.
  • He is the last Ferrari driver to win a championship.

Alfa Romeo guaranteed Räikkönen to continue his Formula One career far into his forties, with his 323rd start in the Eifel Grand Prix in October. He has already increased his record to 341 points heading into this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, which marks the start of the Scandinavian’s home straight.
“Truly the end of an era for our sport,” Alfa Romeo stated on Twitter. Thank you for everything; Formula One will be a different place without you. Kimi, kiitos.”



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