Kimi Räikkönen will start his career in the 322nd F1 race in Sochi, Russia on Sunday.
If, probably when he gets into the race normally, Räikkönen will rise alongside Rubens Barrichello to be the driver with the most GP starts in history.
After the Sochi weekend, Barrichello still has one more participation in race weekends than Räikkönen (326–325).
Räikkönen has missed the start of the race three times: in Belgium in 2001, he was not counted as a start because the car broke down before starting again.
In the U.S. farce in 2005, all the stables that used Michelin tires left the track on a warm-up lap, and in Malaysia in 2018, the icebreaker Ferrari’s power unit dismantled even before the start of the GP.
But where are the other drivers for Räikkönen’s career opening race, the 2001 Australian GP, now?
1.Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
Schumacher, 51, has not been seen in public since his serious downhill accident in December 2013.
The (still) most successful F1 driver in history ended his career for the first time in 2006 but returned to the World Series for 2010-12.
2.David Coulthard, McLaren
Räikkönen's teammate McLaren from 2002 to 2004 ended his career in 2008 with Red Bull.
Coulthard has been a familiar sight in the F1 depot ever since, first as an expert on the BBC and now on Channel 4.
The 49-year-old Scot is involved in the backing forces of the Women’s Formula W Series.
3.Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari
The brass, which soon gave Räikkönen its record, drove in the number one in 1993–2011.
He has since driven his home country car series, which he won in 2014. Barrichello is once again at the top of the series, chasing his second championship.
4.Nick Heidfeld, Sauber
Räikkönen's first teammate won more prizes (13) in the F1 series without a win than anyone else.
The German was relegated from the royal class in 2011 and raced until 2018.
The father of three children is now involved in the development of the electric Battista hypercar.
5.Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jordan
The 53-year-old German finished in F1 in 2003. He said in the spring in the portrait of the German newspaper Spiegel that he does not miss the old days, but follows the majority of F1 races and is interested in technology and development work in the sport.
Enjoys family life and lives in a house that gets its energy from the sun.
Also charge your car with solar energy.
7.Olivier Panis, BAR
Panis' time penalty raised Räikkönen to sixth and World Championship points in his debut.
Aurelien, 25, the son of Panis, 54, who ended his F1 career in 2004, is racing in GT cars.
Father Panis has also continued his life on the racetracks and runs his own Panis Racing stable, which competes in endurance races.
8.Luciano dating in Burti, Jaguar
Burtin, 45, F1's career was short and ended in the fall of 2001 with a drastic run-off in Belgium.
Was then Ferrari's test driver for a couple of years.
Raced for a long time in the Brazilian car kit series.
Today, an F1 commentator on his home TV.
9.Jean Alesi, Prost
The career of the French icon ended in a clash with Räikkönen in the final race of the season.
The duo later became friends.
Alesi is still a familiar sight in the F1 depot, as his son Giuliano creates a career in the F2 series.
Jean Alesi, 56, said he had to sell his Ferrari F40 in the summer to secure funding for his son.
10.If Verstappen, Arrows
Verstappen’s own career ended in 2003, and since then he has built the career of his 1997-born son, Max.
Tough training methods have paid off on the track, and at the age of 17, Max, who rose to the F1 series, has been one of the most talked about drivers in the depot year after year.
If Verstappen no longer just gives interviews.
11.Eddie dating in Irvine, Jaguar
Irvine, 54, got rich not only with her F1 career and her last lucrative contract for Jaguar (2000-02) but also with her business instincts.
Builds houses in the United States and spends most of his time on his own island in the Bahamas as well as Miami.
12.Fernando Alonso, Minardi
He will return to the F1 series next year and may threaten Räikkönen's record if the Finn stops.
Now a stack of 311 starts.
The two-time F1 champion has also conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours and recently tried to win the Indy 500 again but failed.
13.Giancarlo Fisichella, Benetton
The 47-year-old “Fisico” finished in F1 in 2009. He still races in GT cars on a Ferrari and is e.g.
raced Le Mans with Toni Vilander as many as seven times in 2010-17 (two class wins).
14.Jenson Button, Benetton
The British, who debuted in the F1 series in 2000, drove 306 F1 races, the last of which was in Monaco in 2017. In recent years, he has raced in GT and prototype cars.
Button, 40, and ten-year-old model Brittny Ward had their firstborn son last year, and now they’re expecting a little sister for her.
Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya, Fernando Alonso and Enrique Bernoldi were the 2001 F1 debutants of the Australian GP. Photo: Sutton Motorsports / ZUMA / MVPHOTOS
Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams
Montoya, who made her debut in this race with Räikkönen, was the star of her time, but suddenly left the F1 series in the middle of the 2006 season.
In Nascar and IndyCar.
Still running races but reduced racing.
Karting father to his son Sebastian, 15. Father also to two daughters.
Jarno dating in Trulli, Jordan
The Italian hung in the F1 series until 2011. He still drove an electric formula set in formula E with his own Trulli GP stable in 2014–15.
The father of two children, the older son Enzo (b. 2005) rides go-karts.
Owns a winery in Abruzzo and enjoys his life without excessive responsibilities.
Mika Häkkinen, McLaren
The farewell season for the two-time world champion began in this race with a fierce run-out due to a suspension failure.
Since then, Häkkinen has divorced Erja and married Markka.
Father of five children.
For Unibet, Johnnie Walker, McLaren and Mercedes.
Included in Inzdr, designed as a paid social media app.
Collaborates with Neuroth, a manufacturer of hearing aids.
Häkkinen's own hearing was damaged in the Adelaide accident in 1995.
Ralf Schumacher, Williams
Made a big account with Toyota in 2005-07 before ending his career.
Also raced in DTM.
In recent years, running his own karting stable, the son David drives in the F3 series.
You quarreled with your wife, Cora.
F1 expert on the German Sky channel.
Jacques Villeneuve, BAR
The 1997 world champion’s F1 career was steadily declining.
Had out of the 2006 series, has since raced in numerous different series.
The multilingual Canadian-French has worked as an F1 expert for the Italian Sky channel.
Known for his cutting-edge statements.
Tarso Marques, Minardi
Poorly performing payment driver in the F1 series.
After the royal class, drove used cars in Champ Car in the United States as well as in Brazil.
In recent years, e.g.
TV work in his home country and built cars and e.g.
a strange motorcycle powered by aircraft engines.
Enrique Bernoldi, Arrows
Red Bull wanted Sauber, sponsored by his junior driver, who, however, chose Räikkönen.
It made a big wound between the stable and the sponsor.
Bernoldi did not succeed in the F1 series but drove to the beginning of the 2010s, e.g.
With GT cars.
He put up his lavish house in Miami late last year.
The price request was more than six million euros.
Gaston Mazzacane, Prost
The paying driver's career in F1 was short.
However, the 45-year-old Argentine is still racing in his home country in commercial vehicles.