Kimi Raikkonen has indicated that he will return to the grid for the upcoming Russian Grand Prix in Sochi after missing out on the previous two Grand Prix’s in the Netherlands and Italy. Raikkonen tested positive for COVID-19 during the Dutch race weekend and was kept in self-isolation immediately. However, the rest of the Alfa Romeo crew members had tested negative and were allowed to take their place on the pit wall and pit lane.
The 2007 World Formula 1 Champion announced that he has no symptoms and is in good health after being tested positive. He was replaced by the Polish driver Robert Kubica who serves the Alfa Romeo team as their reserve driver. Kubica took the place of Raikkonen in free practice 3 while finishing in P18 ahead of the two Haas drivers of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin in the first round of qualifying. Kubica went on to finish the race in P15 in Zandvoort before finishing P14 due to the 5 DNFs at Monza, Italy on Sunday.
The 41-year-old Kimi Raikkonen had announced his retirement earlier this month on 1st September. Raikkonen is set to be replaced next season by his countryman Valtteri Bottas for who will be leaving Mercedes after five long years. Bottas who had taken a grid penalty due to the change in his power unit pulled off an excellent drive to finish P3 from P19 to add to his memorable weekend in Monza after being the fastest in qualifying and winning the second-ever Formula 1 sprint race.
Kimi Raikkonen will rejoin the grid later this month when Formula 1 flies to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix from the 24th to the 26th of September.