Former Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will miss this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier today. Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Robert Kubica will replace Kimi Raikkonen for the rest of the race weekend including today’s practice 3 and qualifying followed by tomorrow’s race.
BREAKING: Kimi Raikkonen will miss the Dutch Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19
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Raikkonen had taken part in Fridays practices 1 and 2 at Zandvoort and had only been tested after as no other members of the Alfa Romeo team have been impacted.
“Kimi is displaying no symptoms and is in good spirits. He has immediately entered isolation in his hotel,” conformed Alfa Romeo as reported by motorsport week.
“The team wishes Kimi a speedy recovery,” they added. The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion was earlier in the news due to his retirement announcement that he made on Thursday.
The iceman made his debut at Sauber back in 2001 after which he spent five years with McLaren before he made a career-changing move to Ferrari for 3 long seasons where he won his first and only Formula 1 World Title while beating the likes of the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in 2007.
This season has proven to be tough for the Finnish as he currently sits at 17th in the drivers’ standings scoring just two points so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. Kimi holds the record for the most number of F1 starts in history with 344 in which he has taken 21 wins, 103 podiums and 18 pole positions.
It is still unclear who will replace Kimi at Alfa Romeo as the list of several driver names is linked to the vacant seat for the 2022 season.