Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix

ANI | Updated: Oct 22, 2018 10:09 IST

Georgi [USA], Oct 22 (ANI): Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen registered his first victory in last five years by finishing at the top of the podium in the United States (US) Grand Prix here on Sunday.
It is the longest victory gap in the history of Formula One, breaking the earlier record which was held by Riccardo Patrese of Italy.
Expressing his content over the win, the 39-year-old admitted that it has been a long wait for him.
"It's been a long wait, but here we are," CNN quoted Raikkonen, as saying.
The victory of the Ferrari driver extended Briton driver Lewis Hamilton's wait for his fifth F1 title as the latter finished the race at the number three spot.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen made a third-spot finish after making a start at the 18th place, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished fourth in the race.
Speaking about the race, Hamilton said that his team did their best on the day. He further congratulated his Ferrari counterpart for the win.
"Congratulations to Kimi and a great job from Max too. That was the best we could do today and it was great we could do some racing," Hamilton said.
Raikkonen, who recently announced that he would be leaving Ferrari by the end of 2018 season, made a World Championship winning debut for Ferrari in 2007. He left the team at the end of 2009, spending 2010 and 2011 with National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) competing in the World Rally Championship.
He then returned to Formula 1 with Lotus in 2012, where he spent two seasons. He rejoined Ferrari in 2014 and was associated with the team since then. (ANI)