When the FIA tried to block Raikkonen's debut

When the FIA tried to block Raikkonen's debut

For our final feature looking back on the 2000 season, we revisit the biggest stories of the year, from a superstar future world champion to the biggest name in the driver market, massive testing accidents and more

When a young Finn, who had just won Britain's Formula Renault 2.0 championship, made his first Formula 1 test appearance for Sauber at Mugello in 2000, he didn't only catch the eye of Michael Schumacher - it was the start of a genuine controversy that ended in FIA president Max Mosley trying to stop the youngster racing in F1 at all.

So impressive were Kimi Raikkonen's two September tests that, by the end of the month, rumours swirled around that he would land a test deal. Then, in October it was announced that, with just 23 car races under his belt, he would race for Sauber in F1 the following year.

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