Ex-F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi hailed his former teammate Kimi Raikkonen as an elite driver, saying he had no chinks in his armour.
Raikkonen retire at the end of 2021, bringing about the end of an illustrious career glittered with speed, wins and a world championship. He was also a great character, speaking his mind at a time when drivers are becoming very media-friendly.
The 2007 world champion had an innate ability to squeeze every last drop of performance from any car. He overachieved in the worst of machines, with this earning him a lot of fans and admirers.
Giovinazzi hailed Raikkonen as an elite driver, saying he was pretty much complete in every aspect.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Giovinazzi said: “I think Kimi confirmed during his last year that he was one of the best drivers in terms of race management, so when it comes to managing the tyres and the power unit, but also in terms of overtaking.
“He was the complete package, so to speak.”
Giovinazzi also thanked the Finn for his contribution to his career, saying he helped him on a personal and a professional level.
“Kimi has been a very important person for me during my time in Formula 1,” the Italian continued.
“He’s a great driver, a world champion, but behind that is also a fantastic person who has always supported me. Because of him I have grown enormously, I have learned a lot from him. And we never had a fight.
“It’s been a great three years and it makes me happy to read interviews from him in which he says he considers me one of the team-mates he got along with best.”