Kimi eyeing 2009 Spa repeat

Spa 2009

Kimi Raikkonen is hoping history repeats itself and that the Belgian Grand Prix marks the start of a Ferrari recovery this season.

With Mercedes having dominated since the start of the season, Ferrari has managed just two podium finishes in the opening 11 races. Following the mid-season break, F1 returns to racing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend and Raikkonen recalls his last win for Ferrari – at the same circuit five years ago – coming in similar circumstances to this season.

“Spa is probably my favourite circuit because it’s an old-style track which climbs and drops through the forest and I like the fact it’s fast and flowing,” Raikkonen said. “Also, it usually provides good racing to watch for the spectators. I think you can make a difference as a driver at every part of the circuit, but as with every track, it’s a combination of factors.

“At Turn 1, the hairpin, you can actually lose or gain a lot of time and you need good speed out of it because after it comes the very long straight including Eau Rouge. That corner has been easily flat out for quite a long time now, although actually, with this year’s cars, that might not be the case.

“Last time I drove here in a Ferrari (in 2009) I won, and that was in a year when we had been struggling since the start. But in Spa we managed to get things going a bit more in the right direction and it would be good if the same thing could happen this year. That would hopefully mean the racing would be a bit more fun. It’s always more fun when we get the results!”

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Winners of Shell’s Meet Kimi competition at Spa

Kimi Raikkonen at a Shell event this year

In April this year, Kimi and Ferrari sponsor Shell put out this awesome competition to meet the Iceman at the Belgian Grand Prix with a VIP experience. Participants simply had to tag a picture of their car. Here are those lucky winners who will no doubt be thrilled to meet their hero next week! Congratulations guys, don’t forget to share with us your experience! Tweet your pictures to @EvenstarSaima or send us a message on Facebook.

2014 F1 Driver Salaries Revealed

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The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, and while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso remains top, he has now been joined by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

The information – complied by Business Book GP2014 and reported on – reckons all three are now on around €22 million, with Kimi Raikkonen gaining considerably after moving from Lotus to the Scuderia. Vettel’s income has also increased substantially in the wake of his fourth F1 Drivers’ title in a row.

Lewis Hamilton meanwhile has now dropped to fourth in the rankings, although he remains on a reputed €20 million retainer with Mercedes, one spot in front of Jenson Button, taking home €16 million with McLaren.

Current Championship leader Nico Rosberg saw his pay increased by Mercedes from €11 million to €12 million, while Felipe Massa drops to €4 million after losing his seat at Ferrari and then moving to Williams.

Further back, Nico Hulkenberg is now apparently earning four times as much as he did in 2013, with Force India paying him €4 million, while his team-mate, Sergio Perez has seen his salary doubled to €3 million – despite being dumped by McLaren. Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado also earn €3 million, it is claimed.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo both look a real bargain at €1 million and €750,000 respectively, while F1 2014 rookie Kevin Magnussen gets €1 million with McLaren. Fellow F1 newbie Daniil Kvyat is on €250,000 with Toro Rosso.


1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €22m
= Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari €22m
=Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €22m
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €20m
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes €16m
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €12m
7. Felipe Massa Williams €4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 €4m
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 €3m
12. Adrian Sutil Sauber €2m
13. Kevin Magnuseen McLaren-Mercedes €1m
= Valtteri Bottas Williams €1m
15. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing €750,000
= Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso €750,000
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia €500,000
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber €400,000
19. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso €250,000
20. Max Chilton Marussia €200,000
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 €150,000
= Kamui Kobayshi Caterham F1 €150,000

What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2014:

1. Ferrari €44m
2. Mercedes €32m
3. Red Bull Racing €22.75m
4. McLaren-Mercedes €17m
5. Force India €7m
6. Lotus F1 team €6m
7. Williams €5m
8. Sauber €2.4m
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso €1m
10. Marussia €700,000
11. Caterham €300,000

2013 Drivers’ salaries here.

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FOS Interview with Kimi and John Surtees

In F1 Racing magazine’s September 2014 issue is a feature on Kimi Raikkonen and John Surtees appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June this year. It was a historic meeting of two Ferrari legends and their championship winning masterpieces. In this interview, Kimi talks about meeting Surtees, the cars, being at Goodwood for the first time and his current season. I’ve taken pictures of the article, enjoy :)

When Kimi Met John