Thursday, September 16, 2010
Kimi Raikkonen made his debut in Formula One with Sauber in September 2000. Impressed with his performance McLaren's Boss Ron Dennis gave him a race seat. In 2002, he replaced the vacant seat left by double-world champion and fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen. He spent five seasons with McLaren. At the end of 2006 Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari announced that Raikkonen had signed a three-year contract with Ferrari for the 2007–2009 seasons. With the retirement of Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen became the highest paid driver in F1, with a base salary of US $51Million annually.
Even this year with Kimi Raikkonen's pay-off from Ferrari amounts to a £13.1 million. He stands third in the salary list of drivers in F1. Ferrari's Spaniard Fernando Alonso tops the list with £26 million salary followed by Briton Lewis Hamilton with £13.1 million.