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user icon's 2019 F1 driver rankings - #14 - Kimi Raikkonen

  • Published on 10 Dec 2019 13:30
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  • By: Fergal Walsh & Harry Mattocks

When Kimi Raikkonen announced that he would remain in Formula 1 with Sauber (yet to be renamed to Alfa Romeo at the time), it caught quite a few people by surprise.

The veteran, who is set to become the most experienced F1 driver of all time in 2020 opted to sign a two-year deal with the Hinwil-based squad after a second stint at Ferrari.

Arriving at the team, there was of course less pressure on his shoulders compared to what he felt at Ferrari, where he was consistently out-performed by Sebastian Vettel over the four years that they were partnered with each other.

In 2019, Raikkonen was partnered up with Antonio Giovinazzi, who was looking for a point to prove against the world champion.

In the early parts of the season, Raikkonen looked to be really enjoying himself at his new team, and comfortably out-performed Giovinazzi in both the race and qualifying.

After scoring points at the opening four races of the year, Alfa Romeo then ran into difficulties, and it was clear that the pace had not carried over from the end of the 2018 season, when Sauber were arguably the fourth fastest team on the grid.

Nevertheless, Raikkonen produced what he could and returned to a three-race streak of scoring points midway through the season – which would have been five, had it not been for a penalty in Germany.

As the season wore on, Giovinazzi was able to come back at Raikkonen and provide him a challenge in qualifying, but couldn’t quite stick it in the race.

Raikkonen ended the season on top of his teammates in all of the key battles, but their fight next year will be one that’s interesting to watch, as Giovinazzi development will be pitched against Raikkonen – who will be 41 years old when the season comes to a conclusion.

  Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Giovinazzi
Qualifying head-to-head 12 9
Race head-to-head 16 4
Average qualifying gap -0.041 +0.041

In terms of results accumulating into points, the 2019 campaign was Raikkonen’s second least successful year in F1, coming in only after his maiden season in 2001 with Sauber.

Translating his results from 2001 into the 2019 points system, Raikkonen scored just three points less than his 2019 tally, despite taking part in five fewer races.

Question marks remain over Raikkonen on whether or not he will continue in F1 beyond the 2020. Will he be enticed by the regulations? Will any teams want him, when there will be hot young prospects knocking on the door?

Raikkonen doesn’t go for any of the political stuff in F1 – he is there to race and have fun. He got his share of it in 2019, but as all drivers do, will be pushing for more in the new year.

Raikkonen's best moment of 2019: Classy drive in Hungary

After qualifying inside the top ten in Budapest, Raikkonen drove a controlled place and picked up pieces when needed to take home seventh place - using his experience to get the job done. 

Raikkonen's worst moment of 2019: Frustration in Russia

Raikkonen's season was neither spectacular or embarrassing, so picking out his worst moment is somewhat difficult. However, in Russia, the Finn seemed to be off the pace all weekend compared to Giovinazzi, and couldn't just pin down a rhythm.

Race Ratings

7.5 8.0 8.0 7.5 7.5 6.0 5.5


8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 N/A 6.0


6.0 5.0 6.5 7.0 7.0 8.5 7.0


Driver Rankings 

#20 - Robert Kubica

#19 - Antonio Giovinazzi

#18 - Pierre Gasly

#17 - Romain Grosjean

#16 - Lance Stroll 

#15 - Kevin Magnussen


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  • I can't but notice, how these rankings are ranging from polarizing to down right insulting.

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    • Dec 10 2019 - 18:38
    • There are three cathegories: the agreeable, the disagreeable and the debatable. Kubica, Grosjean and Stroll all belong in the bottom 5, I'm sure many agree on that, whereas I don't think Gio, KMag or Gasly did as terribly as the ratings imply. Kimi in 2019 was kinda hard to place, but I do not think he performed above P10, nor did he do badly enough to be below P15, so I'm fine with this rating.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 19:59
  • Mansell

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    Kimi this low down, who ever does the rankings on this site needs to say off the hash pipe

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    • Dec 11 2019 - 05:22
    • Really? How would you place from this bunch behind Kimi?

      Kvyat, Perez, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Albon, Verstappen, Norris, and Sainz. The only one I could entertain a debate for is Kvyat, but only because of the second half of the season.

      Raikkonen is as popular as ever, but he had a pretty bad season. He's actually some rough last 6 years, but 2019 was pretty bad.

      • + 1
      • Dec 11 2019 - 08:30
  • The only real driver rank is here:

    From the best - Lewis 'Champion' Hamilton to the worst George 'noPoint' Russell.
    That's it. End of the story.

    We only can guess 'what if' , but it is what it is.

    How on Earth can you put Kimi at 14th place? Why? He did very good.

    How can you place Kubica at 20th when he got the point in the most uncompetitive car in the last quarter century?

    Why is Gasly 18th when he proved that he can be third even in Toro Rosso, and since he got back to TR his form is very consistent?

    You pump some guys at others expense.

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    • Dec 16 2019 - 15:37

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