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Mika Salo

Mika Salo
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30 November 1966
(age 52)
Helsinki, Finland
Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows, BAR, Ferrari, Sauber, Toyota

Debut & Lotus (1994)

Mika made his F1 debut for the Lotus team in Japan. It was round 15 of the 1994 season, and he finished 10th. The team also kept him on for the season finale in Australia.

Tyrrell (1995-1997)

He moved to Tyrrell in 1995, and remained with the team for three full seasons. His best result was a series of 5th place finishes, two in 1995, two in 1996 and one in 1997.

Arrows (1998)

Mika joined Arrows in 1998 - his best result 4th in Monaco.

BAR & Ferrari (1999)

He didn't secure a solid drive for 1999, however did manage to race most of the season. First he replaced the injured Ricardo Zonta at BAR for three races, San Marino, Monaco and Spain. He then replaced Michael S chumacher at Ferrari after he broke his leg in Great Britain.

Racing his second race for Ferrari, in Germany, Mika should have won, and was only beaten by team orders when he had to let Eddie Irvine past and finished second. His Ferrari career lasted 6 races and Schumacher was back in the car for round 15 in Malaysia.

Sauber (2000)

He raced for Sauber in 2000 and after a rocky start (disqualified in Australia and withdrawing from Brazil) he went on to score two 5ths and two 6ths, and all 6 of the teams 2000 world championshop points.

Toyota (2002)

Mika went to new entrant Toyota in 2001, however didn't race as the team elected not to race and just develop and test the car. He remained with them for their eventual debut at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix and brought the car home in 6th.

He saw out 2002 with Toyota alongside Allan McNish, however both of them were unexpectedly dropped at the end of the season - and neither competed in another grand prix after that.

Post F1

Since Formula One Mika has race in CART, Le Mans, GT, ALMS and NASCAR series'.

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