Kimi Raikkonen All Set to Team Up With Max Verstappen & Other F1 World Champions Over Exhilarating Challenge in Monaco

Published 05/18/2022, 10:46 AM EDT
Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his first win on the Sepang podium. 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang.

Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula 1 but only briefly. The covid pandemic disrupted and ruined everything in its wake and F1 was no exception. But even though the traveling circus continued racing activities surrounding the sport, all came to a halt.

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One such activity was the annual football match prior to the Monaco Grand Prix. But after two years the charity football match will return ahead of this season’s Monaco Grand Prix and Kimi will be a part of it as well.

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The charity football match attracts a lot of famous names and this will be the case this time as well. And former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will also put on his football cleats for this occasion. Having retired from F1 at the end of 2021, Kimi will again rub shoulders with some old mates from the grid in Monaco.

They will play the match in Stade Louis II on the 24th of May, the Tuesday of the race weekend. The Finn will be in the same team as reigning world champion Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, and Sergio Perez with eleven other active F1 drivers will also join them as they create the “Pilotes de F1” team for the game.

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A host of former racing drivers will also join the F1 team for the charity game. Giancarlo Fisichella, Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg, Stoffel Vandoorne, Robert Kubica and Mika Hakkinen to name a few. These stars will compete against the “Star team.” 

The star team will also include personalities like Prince Albert II, Nico Rosberg, former football player Francesco Totti, and Daniil Kvyat. It will truly be a star-studded event as the charity match returns after two years.

Is Alfa Romeo better off without Kimi Raikkonen?

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The former world champion’s retirement news might’ve come at the best time for everyone. According to the former racing driver, Marc Surer, Kimi had done his part for the Alfa Romeo team, and replacing him with a younger and hungrier, Finn was the right decision.

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS

“Kimi was tired,” Surer said. “You saw that – especially when it came to qualifying and the individual laps. In the race, of course, he still gave good performances with his experience.”

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Surely enjoying time away from F1, Finn’s cameo before the Monaco Grand Prix will be a delight for all fans.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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