WATCH: Relive Kimi Raikkonen’s Electrifying Opening Lap Which Earned Him the Action of the Year Award

Published 12/20/2020, 4:33 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 22, 2020 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It is that time of the year when accolades pour in for the drivers who have worked hard all year. The FIA Awards are here and the veteran at Alfa Romeo has bagged one for himself. Kimi Raikkonen received the award for the Action of the Year this season for his fantastic Portuguese Grand Prix.


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The oldest member of the circuit was rumored to be in his last season of F1. However, it did not suit his wits to go out on a low.

Kimi Raikkonen hails from the time when Michael Schumacher hailed Ferrari to glory. The mettle of that breed instills within them a spirit not fettered by age. Thus we will see our ‘Iceman’ for another season in the Alfa Romeo cockpit.


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Driving beside Giovanazzi, a racer half his age, Kimi still outperforms him. In fact, George Russell in a Williams cockpit is no match for Raikkonen in his Alfa Romeo cockpit. The veteran could still take all the young lads to school, with the sight of a slight error.

Well, armed with his record of the most race starts this year, Kimi gears up for his prize.

The Iceman scooped the Action Of The Year Award at Friday's 2020 FIA Prize-Giving ceremony 🏆

Kimi's mega start at the Portuguese Grand Prix came out on top – here's a reminder 👀🚀#F1 @fia

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 19, 2020

The Portuguese circuit of Portimao was a slippery ride for the leaders, with Hamilton dropping backtrack positions, and the drivers complaining of no grip on the initial laps of the race.

However, Raikkonen showed them how it’s done with his flying first lap, climbing from P16 to P6, and thus winning the award.

MORE – WATCH: Kimi Raikkonen’s Insane Opening Lap at the Portuguese GP

Kimi Raikkonen may run his last season in 21′

Kimi Raikkonen is an inspiration for many. With young racers like Norris and Ocon making their way higher into the circuit, they draw inspiration from the Iceman. Known for his sarcasm and his wonderful years with Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen is still the rockstar he was years ago.

Alfa Romeo retained the driver for another year. With the option of Mick Schumacher, the young German sensation, the team still went after their old man for 2021.

You might call it a tribute to the legend, but he has some wonderful stints to his name. Although Raikkonen’s accolades are few, his legacy is huge.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2020 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Kimi Raikkonen finds him out of place at times in this new age of racing. With technology dominating the sport, the Finnish star feels racing has paced itself ahead and he might have fallen behind.


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However, the way he holds a position among everyone is commendable. His efforts will be on show one last time during the 2021 season, presume F1 pundits. Well, if that is indeed the case, fans of the legend better not miss the 2021 season.


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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.