Kimi Raikkonen is ready to return to the world of F1 through football. The 2007 F1 World Drivers’ Champion will join former colleagues Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso for a charity football match against a mix of footballers and celebrities later this month in Monaco.
On May 24, 2022, the Star Team for the Children event will take place at the Stade Louis II. The stadium is home to AS Monaco and the Monegasque national football team.
Raikkonen will play alongside fourteen current F1 drivers from the 2022 grid. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin duo Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will be in attendance.
Both Ferrari and Red Bull drivers will also take part in the event, with Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez joining the two main contenders for the title. Other active F1 drivers who will also be there are Mick Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly.
In addition, a selection of former F1 drivers will also take part in the game. Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella, Nico Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Nico Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica, Daniil Kvyat and Jerome D’Ambrosio are all expected.
Kimi Raikkonen retired from F1 after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to end a long and illustrious career at the forefront of motorsport. Since beginning his F1 journey with Sauber in 2001, the Finn has racked up 21 victories, 103 podiums and one world championship in his career.
‘Very happy to support him’ – Sauber ready to support Kimi Raikkonen if he wants to keep racing
In early 2022, Alfa Romeo Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur confirmed that the team was ready to support Kimi Raikkonen in other racing activities after his F1 retirement at the end of 2021.
speaking in an interview with gpfans.comsaid the French:
“I told him that if he wanted to do something else, I could help him, even that [Sauber] Group would be very happy to be supportive and find other projects. They’re almost everywhere now – in Le Mans and in Formula E. He was clear when he said, ‘No, I’d rather get that done in the short term, and then maybe in six months, eight months, I’d like to do something else .’ I think it’s quite difficult when you’ve been doing so many seasons in a row in Formula 1 to stop and say, ‘Okay, next year I’m going to compete in the WTCC, or I don’t know what.'”
Raikkonen is still the last Finnish rider to win a world title. He was also the last Ferrari driver to become F1 World Champion, winning it in 2007 in his first season with Scuderia.