Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Sauber has come with its own set of implications, as the move wasn’t quite on the cards, despite reports of the Ferrari management having informed Kimi of his imminent sacking prior to the Monza weekend.
Charles Leclerc had already been lineup by Marchionne during his time as Ferrari CEO and thus the new management had to honour that deal and get the young driver on. The move meant no place for Kimi in 2019 and while initially it seemed as if the Finn would have to quit F1 all together, Raikkonen found a way, yet again.
Kimi will be racing for Sauber in 2019 and 2020, but according to reports that is not going to be the extent of his involvement.
Kimi, the motorsport lover will reportedly become a part owner of the Sauber team in the next two years after working as a driver/developer in the next two seasons. The fact that Kimi resides close by to where Sauber operates in Switzerland also makes it easier for the entire operation to go through.
Now, while this report hasn’t been confirmed yet, there is a confirmed(and old news) that not a lot of F1 fans might be aware about.
Kimi Raikkonen had earlier owned a F3 team called Raikkonen Robertson Racing in partnership with the Robertson brothers and Anthony Hieatt. In 2010, however, Kimi and the Robertson brothers decided to forego their ownership, with Hieatt buying them out. The team was renamed to Double R Racing.
Now, in 2011, Bottas had won a F3 race for Double R Racing at Donnington Park, winning a race in a team that was owned by Kimi Raikkonen less than a year back.
Now, with Raikkonen almost certain to begin his F1 ownership role(from next year or maybe later), do you feel Kimi will be able to produce some podium worthy F1 drivers?