For a nation with less than six million people, they certainly have been the ultimate location for fostering incredible F1 drivers. Finland is home to five racing winners, three (four if you count Nico Rosberg) of whom hold the world championship as well. Their success in this motorsport is quite extraordinary, producing some of the best Finnish drivers of all time.

Kimi Raikkonen

  • Born: October 17, 1979, in Espoo, Finland
  • First Race: Australian Grand Prix in 2001
  • Last Race: Abu Dhabi F1 GP in 2019
  • Total Races: 315
  • Victories: 21
  • Total Laps: 16605

Kimi Raikkonen is a highly admired Finnish F1 driver who holds the nickname “Iceman”. He is such a skilled driver that he won the 2007 F1 World Championship in his first season with Scuderia Ferrari. Throughout his career, he has won 21 Grand Prix races, making him the most successful Finnish driver based on F1 wins.Kimi, also known as “the Iceman” is still racing to this day.

Mika Häkkinen

  • Born: September 28, 1968, in Vantaa, Finland
  • First Race: United States Grand Prix in 1991
  • Last Race: Japanese Grand Prix in 2001
  • Total Races: 165
  • Victories: 20
  • Total Laps: 7720

Known as “The Flying Finn,” Mika Häkkinen is a former Finnish F1 driver. His first F1 victory was in 1997 and he went on an 8-race win streak in the 1998 season. He also won the 1999 F1 World Championship while driving for McLaren and has been ranked as one of the greatest F1 drivers in numerous motorsport polls.

Mika Salo

  • Born: November 30, 1966, in Helsinki, Finland
  • First Race: Japanese Grand Prix in 1994
  • Last Entry: Japanese Grand Prix in 2002
  • Total Races: 111
  • Victories: 0
  • Total Laps: 5442

Former professional F1 racer, Mika Salo, is one of the best Finnish F1 drivers of all time and first up on this list. He was a dedicated driver between 1994 and 2002, and his best ranking was 10th in the 1999 World Championship, which he obtained by standing in for injured racer Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. He was also recognized for scoring two podiums during his time. He is currently the Ambassador of Finnish kasino Ninjacasino.

Valtteri Bottas

  • Born: August 28, 1989, in Nastola, Finland
  • First Race: Australian F1 GP in 2013
  • Last Race: Abu Dhabi F1 GP in 2019
  • Total Races: 140
  • Victories: 7
  • Total Laps: 7982

A current F1 Finnish racer competing in F1 with Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas has a substantial history in racing. He previously drove for Williams from 2013 through 2016. Since pairing up with Mercedes, Valtteri has successfully won seven races, three of which were in 2017, and four were in 2019.

Keke Rosberg

  • Born: December 6, 1948, in Solna, Finland
  • First Race: South African Grand Prix in 1978
  • Last Race: Australian Gran Prix in 1986
  • Total Races: 128
  • Victories: 5
  • Total Laps: 5306

Keijo Rosberg, also known as “Keke,” is a former Finnish driver. He was a 1982 F1 World Champion winner and was also the first Finnish driver ever to compete regularly in a full series. He is also the father of Nico Rosberg, another F1 driver, who won the F1 World Championship in 2016.


The Formula One championship is deeply rooted in history and has grown to be one of the world’s most popular international sports. Millions of fans are attracted, massive sponsorships are created, and the races satisfy the push for testing technology to its limits. The high-speed thrill and excitement while admiring the top 5 Finnish F1 racers of all time just makes it that much more incredible.