More than 13 years after making his Formula 1 World Championship debut, Kimi Raikkonen is set to line up for his 200th GP start during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

Little-known when he made his first F1 appearance with Sauber in the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, Raikkonen has gone on to become one of the sport's most successful drivers with 20 race wins and a world title with Ferrari in 2007.

Since then, Raikkonen has taken a two-year sabbatical from the sport, during which he dabbled in rallying, before making his high-profile F1 comeback in 2012 with Lotus, which in turn preluded his return to Ferrari this season.

Though he has experienced a difficult start to his return season with the Scuderia, which was typified by an incident-filled Monaco Grand Prix last time out, Raikkonen has not given up hope of making his 200th GP one to remember.

"I've been told this weekend's Canadian GP will be my 200th Grand Prix, which shows how time flies", he said. "I'll still be racing flat out and the numbers don't really change anything, but I'm sure it's a milestone I will look back on with pride in years to come."

Making him the 14th most experienced F1 driver of all-time, though Raikkonen is proud to reach the 'double century', he remains focused on the job in hand.

"Apart from this being my 200th race, I'm not here just to make up the numbers and getting a good result in Montreal would give us a better reason to celebrate. The Canadian race is one of the most challenging of the season and a track where you have to get everything just right in terms of the car set-up.

"We have some upgrades for this weekend, but of course the other teams have not been standing still, so the order should not have changed much. Hopefully we can close the gap a bit and get the best result of the season so far for my 200th race, which would be great for the whole team."



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