[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN: DIFFICULT RUN

2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen is enduring a rough ride at Alfa Romeo, the Flying Finn on his worst-ever run in F1. Seven-straight races out of the points.

The now 40-year-old has seen it all on his 17-season career in the sport, from monumental highs - with the Iceman’s maiden win in Malaysia 2003 with McLaren-Mercedes…

His first for Ferrari, secured on debut - at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, and his world championship win later that year at the final round.

… to crushing lows like being paid by the Scuderia to sit out 2010 despite having a contract. Fernando Alonso taking his place.

But his latest run out of the points including two retirements in Singapore and Mexico, is his worst since he joined F1 in 2001.

Räikkönen’s tally of 31 points also his lowest haul since the 2002 season. He’s on-course for his lowest-ever placing in the standings - with 14th. His previous trough: 12th in 2014, a difficult year for Ferrari.

But, Räikkönen remains realistic…  the Finn positive about his rejoining Sauber-turned-Alfa Romeo at the start of 2019.

SOUNDBITE (English) KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN,
2007 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“I don’t know if I made the right decision. In my heart I made the right decision and that’s all what matters for me. Obviously the results side is: we always want to do well and you want to always win but in the end there’s always one car or one team at the end of the year that will win.”

And, while Alfa Romeo’s continued involvement in the team beyond 2020 is unclear, so is Räikkönen’s - but the Finn will be paired with Antonio Giovinazzi again next year with the Italian a rising talent.

It’s a tough run for Räikkönen, and Alfa Romeo, but points will be around the corner… his luck just has to change.

And the Iceman knows that’s part of the game.

SOUNDBITE (English) KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN,
2007 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“Obviously some days it doesn’t feel like the most funnest job… and you don’t always enjoy it because there’s good days and bad days.”