British GP: Raikkonen Set to Create a New F1 Record With His 20TH Appearance at Silverstone

Published 07/18/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 03: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari on the drivers parade before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


With the kind of lengthy F1 career that Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has, he is bound to have several records to his name. As it turns out, he is set to break another record at the British Grand Prix; the Finn will become the first driver to start a race at the same circuit 20 times in their F1 career.

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Raikkonen made his F1 debut in 2001 and currently holds the record for most F1 starts by a driver with 338 starts.

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It’s so easy to get it wrong and then you lose: Raikkonen on sprint qualifying

As reported by Formula1.com, Kimi Raikkonen will start the British GP from P13. The Alfa Romeo driver started the sprint qualifying from P17 and made up four positions from the start.

Raikkonen also shared his opinion if starting on the softer rubber in sprint qualifying gave him an advantage.

I mean, obviously it’s always a bit better but I doubt there’s a lot between the two tires at the start; it’s more if you get it right or wrong. It’s so easy to get it wrong and then you lose,” said Raikkonen.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

We got some damage on the floor,” said Kimi. “I think it was at the beginning of the race. We tried to fight; we are a bit too slow on the straight–we made some improvements from yesterday and we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” said the Alfa Romeo driver.

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I wanted to try the soft also for the race: Kimi

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The teams will have free tire choice for the race on Sunday which will make the strategy calls important. But Raikkonen stated that he wants to start the race on the softer tires so that he can get a good launch and gain a couple of places at the start of the race.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“I wanted to try the soft also for tomorrow and they seemed to be pretty OK. I doubt they’ll be better or worse than the other tires. We need to see what we’ll do tomorrow, but we obviously got more fuel. We’ll try to do something,” concluded the Finn.

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Can Kimi make an impact in the race to finish in points? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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