Kimi Raikkonen recently released his biography “The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen” in which he reveals a lot of interesting details about his life.

The Finn with the nickname Iceman, who in 2007 became Ferrari’s world champion and has been one of the most popular racers in the world for many years, was especially famous for his wild private life, which was characterized by fun and alcohol, especially at the beginning of his racing career.

In his biography, Raikkonen reveals many details from the beginning of his career from the Formula Renault to Formula 1, where he drove for Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari until retirement in 2009.

Finn thus reveals that in 2012, when he was racing for Lotus, he continuously partying for 16 consecutive days between his races in Bahrain and Spain with friends and a lot of alcohol. Kimi then won the third place in Barcelona, despite his 2 weeks drinking campaign.

The first edition of Raikkonen’s biography was sold out in Finland in a few days.

The season came to an end and now is the time to look at who was the best in every role in the last Formula 1 season. And even if the team principal of the leading teams have more spotlight time, give more interviews and read more statements, there’s many more that do a good team principal. He is the not only the mediator between the team and the public but has also to lead the team in all the troublesome situation during the season. And for that reason, in my opinion, the best team principal is without any doubt Otmar Szafnauer.

The today’s Racing Point team was in the middle of spotlights for the entire 2018 season for many different reasons, from scoring the only podium outside the big three teams, for being in administration, change of ownership. A new team was also being immediately competitive after starting from zero, having collisions between the teammates, disqualification after technical irregularity and at the end official doubts on their status expressed by other teams. And with all those problems, they managed to race in a magnificent way and in my opinion that is mostly merit of Otmar Szafnauer.

Otmar Szafnauer had to answer to many uncomfortable questions in this season, but his answers were always incredibly polite, kind and always sincere. He never entered in conflict with other but always took the defense of all of his people and his team. In my personal opinion, one of the greatest achievement of Otmar Szafnauer in 2018 was that he managed to hold all the team together in the critical summer months when the team future was very unclear. What is more, right in those months they have to develop their cars so they were able to score immediately after the change of ownership. Otmar Szafnauer not only led the team in a remarkable way, but he also convicted Lawrence Stroll and his partners to invest in the team, and that was made with actions, not with empty words. Otmar Szafnauer showed us all what is the most important value of any racing team, the team human potential, and that potential is very present in the Racing Point team.

I wish him a lot of similar good decisions in the future, but not so many critical and stressful situations as we saw in 2018. All the Racing Point team showed us what takes to be a real Formula team, brave and always fighting, even if the situation seems to be hopeless. Without big declaration in media’s, but with a lot of work and efforts that showed up in great results. Perfectly in the style of Otmar Szafnauer, no big promises, and big words, the public was informed when all was already done in a simple, kind and clear way.

In today’s Formula one the media are often used to raise pressure. Otmar Szafnauer showed us a kind of behavior from the good old times. He put always in first plan the interest of the team, of the team members, not the interest of sponsors or corporations. In today’s world that’s something, we can’t see so often. With his style, he is certainly different of other more flamboyant team principals, but he is not a man who talks a lot, he is someone that works a lot. And if we are Racing Point supporter or not, we have to admit that in the 2018 season the team made a great job under the lead of Otmar Szafnauer.

Simon Jazbec

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We are often very critical about so-called pay drivers, doubt about their skills and we put their right to be in Formula one under serious question. But, who are really the worst drivers we’ve ever seen in a Formula one cockpit? I know that the name of Pastor Maldonado will be almost on top of everyone s list but in my opinion, he is not the worst at all. So that’s why I made this list of so-called “mobile chicanes” we saw in Formula One history…

the twelve examples where we really reached the bottom….

The first one we have to mention is Paul Belmondo. The son of the legendary French actor Jean-Paul. He tried to qualify for 27 races between 1992 and 1994 and he only managed to start on seven. He drove for March and Pacific and finished five races of the seven he started, with a ninth place as the best result (those days just first six got points), with his teammates being able to achieve better results and also points.

Second is Marco Apicella who holds a singular record. In his case, I can’t even talk about a Formula one career cos in 1993 his career with Jordan lasted for about 800m. After that nobody saw him again or even searched for him.

Yuji Ide was a young promise in the Super Aguri Team in 2006. He was so promising, that he convinced the FIA commissioner to revoke his Superlicence only after four races. Why? He wasn’t able to drive.

In 1994 the struggling Team Lotus was ready to take any driver that was able to pay, but when they saw the skills of Philipe Adams they prefer to say farewell to him, cos he wasn’t able to get on the right spot on starting grid or even to drive in right way after he spun his car.

Also, the driving qualities of Alex Yoong were considered poor, cos in his Formula one seasons in 2001 and 2002 he struggled to reach the 107% limit time with his Minardi, and his Malaysia based sponsors were his only strong argument for getting a drive.

In this company, we can’t forget to mention Luca Badoer, long years Ferrari test driver. He holds the infamous record of 58 races or 50 starts without scoring a single point and what is more, he was given the chance of driving a Ferrari in 2009 after Felipe Massa accident, but his performance on that occasion was simply embarrassing.

Adrian Campos was able to retire fourteen times out of sixteen races he started. Add some DNS and one DSQ and even Giancarlo Minardi lost any hope for that driver, who drove for him in 1987 and 1988.

Giovanna Amati earned her place on this list cos she spun six times on qualification in South Africa 1992 before setting a qualification time. That time was nine seconds slower than pole seater Nigel Mansell and four seconds slower than her teammate. The struggling of Brabham and Giovanna went on for another two races before she was replaced by Damon Hill.

Taki Inoue is another interesting profile on this list. If we forget about his poor performance in seasons 1994/95 we have to mention that he was hit by the medical car twice in 1995 during GP of Monaco and Hungary.

Swiss driver and wealthy man, Jean Deniz Deletraz, was a living definition of a pay driver, showing almost same skills as his F3000 colleague Giovanna Amati with a very similar career in Formula 1.

But we didn’t finish yet, the Israeli Channoch Nissany was a “test” driver for Minardi and Jordan and he also did free practice in 2005 when he was 41 years “young”.

But I save the best for last, or worst in this case. Anglo Canadian Al Pease was black flagged from home race 1969 cos his drive was too slow and too dangerous for other drivers. That’s the only case in all Grand Prix history.

So this list has no intention to elect the worst driver of all times, but only to make all of us remember what we saw in all these years and to admit that not all pay drivers are so bad as the ones mentioned above.

Simon Jazbec

For a long time in Formula 1, when a racer was victorious, it was not such a genuine and sincere joy as with the great victory of Kimi Raikkonen in Austin. The fight for the title of world champion was pushed back into the background, as well as rivalry and personal offenses. The world of Formula 1 was united in sincere congratulations that were raging from all sides. Iceman was Formula 1.

Kimi Raikkonen, who again won the red car after 2009, is one of the last giants of the fastest sport. With victory in Austin Finn became the first racer to win both the V10 and V8 as well as the hybrid era of Formula 1. In his long and successful career, Iceman fought with Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton for the title of the world champion. At 39 became the oldest winner of the race since Britain’s Nigel Mansell triumphed at the age of 41 in Australia in 1994.

Although it took 15 years for the first and final victory of the Finn, Kimi always remained true to himself. Like in 2003 in Sepang, he also went cold-blooded out of the car in a car with the same expression on the face which makes Iceman unique – “More racing, less bullshit.” A phrase that many drivers have said in history, but rarely are those who actually lived. Kimi still does.

That’s why Kimi Raikkonen is one of the most popular racers in the history of the motorsport. His unique character represents what Formula 1 once was and what in the eyes of many enthusiasts should have been today. The legacy of James Hunt, which has grown into a series of pay drivers over the years, Kimi Raikkonen maintains in the 21st century, the style Formula 1 once had, and today with virtual racing already fades slightly into oblivion.

The wins are important, but far from the most important. Formula 1 is much more than that. Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, love of speed which bringing together millions of people around the world. Just like Kimi Raikkonen did in Austin.

Matej Plešej