2012: KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

Model produced by: Spark

Year: 2012
Driver: Kimi Räikkönen (Finland)
Team: Lotus F1
Car: Lotus E20
Results: 1 win, 7 podiums, 2 fastest laps

The Dark Knight rises. After two year of racing in World Rally Championship Kimi Räikkönen returned to F1 with Lotus. Therefore season featured a record 6 world champions on the grid. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Kimi Räikkonen (Lotus), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Jenson Button (McLaren) and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).

Despite not having the fastest car (McLaren & Red Bull had that benefit), Räikkönen drove a very consistent comeback season, something not even Michael  Schumacher  managed in a Mercedes for three seasons in a row. Räikkönen finished the season in 3rd, right behind Vettel and Alonso who fought for the title until the last race, and ahead of the two faster McLarens. Räikkönen won in Abu Dhabi, stood on the podium 7 times and clocked 2 fastest laps.

In Monaco, he raced with replica of James Hunt’s helmet from 1976. A tribute to the times when F1 was pure racing.

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