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Raikkonen: Race in Finland possible with financial backing

  • Published on 15 Sep 2019 10:02
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Kimi Raikkonen believes that a Formula 1 Grand Prix event in Finland in the coming years is possible if a venue can secure financial backing.

The Kymiring was recently finished its construction and hosted a short MotoGP test at the circuit, holding an FIA Grade One license needed to host an F1 round.

Raikkonen admits that he would be happy to see F1 race in Finland, whether it is at the new circuit or through the streets of one of its major cities. 

"I've seen a video of the bikes going around. I always said many years ago, the only issue is the money. I'm sure we can race in the middle of Helsinki if someone puts the money down.

"That's the only issue. Now it looks like we have a track, I don't know if it's homologated for F1 yet, it's for the bikes so it must be safe in many areas.

"It's possible. It's just a matter of somebody taking care of the cost. If that happens, that's great."

"I don't know, I don't really look so much on the past. I had a great time there, I was many years there, we won championships, a couple of team championships.

"It's great to be part of the history and I'm always talking with them when I see [them], so do I miss it? I'm okay where I am now and I have no issues with them."

Finland has never hosted a world championship race, despite producing four Formula 1 world champions. 

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  • Of course it is possible, everything is possible with financial backing. But from where, and would it be an event people would attend? The Finns are really into motorsport, so that's good, but GP tickets are pretty pricey.

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    • Sep 16 2019 - 06:40
    • And it's a long trek for most people to get there unless you are already within a couple of hundred kilometers from Finland. Kimi has money and the Finns are into racing so he, and maybe Mika could have some sway in making it happen. Would be great if it was during the midnight sun time. Been there twice for that and that plus an F1 race would make the trip worthwhile.

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      • Sep 16 2019 - 13:05

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