Even though he is no longer a Ferrari driver, the Italian masses still love Kimi Raikkonen. To this day, the veteran Finn remains as the Scuderia’s last Formula One world champion. As recent as Wednesday, the 39-year old was present at the “90 Years of Emotion” event in Milan.
The clamouring Italian fans came out in droves, clad in red to support home team, Ferrari. Naturally, the current duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles LeClerc received deafening cheers. However, they were also chanting “Kimi, Kimi, Kimi”, when Raikkonen took to the stage waving to them.
The Tifosi chanting 'Kimi' for a number of seconds. Hook it straight into my veins pic.twitter.com/g0CncVyWNY
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Kimi Raikkonen is the kind of driver who is impossible to hate, be it among drivers or the fans. Also joining Kimi Raikkonen at the event was his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, a Ferrari junior driver himself.
In addition to the four current drivers, several former Ferrari stars turned up, as well as the Ferrari Academy drivers.
The Italian Grand Prix has been staged long before the Formula 1 World Championship was established. Now, with the news that the Italian Grand Prix will continue at Monza until at least 2024, the tifosi would be absolutely elated.
Admittedly, Kimi Raikkonen was a bit disappointed to be involved in early shenanigans in Spa last weekend. The Belgian track was arguably one of his strongest tracks, and being tagged by Max Verstappen did not help matters.
Kimi Räikkönen at Duomo di Milano
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Now, the veteran driver enters this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix aiming for better results. This race is also a home race for Raikkonen’s team as Alfa Romeo is an Italian manufacturer, just like Ferrari.
One thing is for certain, when the stands are packed to the brim, among the sea of red, a host of Finnish flags will definitely be visible. No matter where he goes, Kimi Raikkonen will always have a massive fanbase at every circuit.
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