Sauber looking for a year 2000 replacement Mika Salolle , which was known to pass the end of the season the Toyota formula one project. As also two year swiss in the garage to run the Pedro Dinizin it was believed to move elsewhere, both in the garage the place was basically free.
the first the driver seat was filled for the period 2000 Prost-in the garage debytoineella Nick Heidfeldilla , the 23-year-old German, with whom was forged three-year contract.
Another scene was there more than one candidate, and one of them was Kimi Raikkonen , the 20-year-old finn, which his manager David Robertson recommended team manager Peter Sauberille .
Raikkonen was pushed to the Formula in the ford and Formula Renault in only 23 races, and he had sufficient experience in the Fia super license. He was, however, dominated the British Formula Renault series, and the Sauber was interested in.
– Kimissä was a wow-effect. He had the ability to dominate completely. He was also fully committed to kilvanajoa, even if the defect was so many cars a class above. My father convinced Peter to give Kim a chance, Raikkonen's manager still a working Steve Robertson recalls in F1.the Ultimate test
Raikkonen tested the Sauberia the first time 12. September 2000. The track was selected Mugello, which is known in particular to the fact that it is a drivers physics for a really hardcore challenge. Raikkonen saw in that test in an F1 car for the first time in his life.
I Was more excited than tense. I believed that I was fast and that I would have the motivation and ambition required for success, Raikkonen says F1.
Räikköstä run was first in a few a few round - ups, so he got used to the car power, cornering speeds, braking and g-forces.
in the Beginning was able to pull two rounds at a time. Mugello is one of the toughest track. At the time Sauber was not even steering. The head didn't stay upright, Raikkonen recalls Kari Hotakainen writing, in August, published Unknown Kimi Raikkonen -in the book.
the first ajopäivänsä after Raikkonen was asked from the upcoming kisainsinööriltään Jacky Eecklaertilta permission to go to follow also in mugello at that time to have been Michael Schumacher driving. Eecklaertin according to the interest was enough also the other way around.
it Is true that the first day of the evening, after the meeting, when I was preparing the second day of the program, sauber's stall over the top of the door was a knock, and it was Michael. He asked me who we our car was driven. I said that driving the car was Kimi Raikkonen, who had driven years earlier, yet go-karting, Eecklaert recalls F1.
Michael responded that ”well, he's going to be very, very fast”.
18 years later, it is easy to see that statement hit pretty well right.shut up
Raikkonen, the first day of the F1 car behind the wheel was even so convincing, Peter Sauber flew the next day to the scene along with another Sauber-boss, Beat Zehnderin .
a Few weeks later, Raikkonen was offered yet another test, and finally Peter Sauber was so impressed, I wanted to make the young Finnish with agreement. Agreement they reported at the beginning of November.
sauber in the background the Red Bull boss would have second rider for prefer brazilian Enrique Bernoldin , but they had to settle for Räikköseen, because this wash brazilian tests clearly.
Because Raikkonen did not have the F1 status entitles the holder to super license sufficient experience, her subject was still the fia under the supervision of a long test, which should drive not only flawless, also sufficiently fast. Raikkonen passed this test, and eventually he was granted a super license at the beginning of December.
for Example, the fia's then-president Max Mosley is known to be a super license, but Mosley and other sceptics of the mouth go up by 4. in march 2001, when Raikkonen drove the first F1 race for points after being Olivier Panis’n a penalty as a result of the Australian GP in sixth.Video: Recap of Kimi Raikkonen F1 career highlights. IL-TV