Mika Salo

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Mika Salo
Mika Salo 2007 (crop).JPG
Mika Salo in 2007.
FIA Super Licence Flag of Finland Finnish
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1994 Formula One season2000 Formula One season, 2002 Formula One season
TeamsTeam Lotus, Tyrrell Racing, Arrows, British American Racing, Ferrari, Sauber, Toyota F1
Races111 (109 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins0
Podiums2
Career points33
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1994 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race2002 Japanese Grand Prix

Mika Juhani Salo (born November 30, 1966 in Helsinki) is a Finnish Racing driver. He competed in Formula One between 1994 Formula One season and 2002 Formula One season. His best ranking was 10th in the world championship in 1999. He also won the GT2 class in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Career


Formula Three and Japanese racing

In 1989, Salo competed in the British Formula Three Championship, racing for Alan Docking Racing. He raced with the Reynard Motorsport Toyota package which was not the season's best. Staying with Alan Docking Racing for 1990 and moving to a more competitive Ralt chassis, he raced against countryman and fierce rival Mika Häkkinen in F3, finishing second to him. In 1990, Salo was caught Driving under the influence in London.[1] Subsequently the chance of him gaining a FIA Super Licence necessary to compete in Formula One was destroyed in the short-term. He then moved to Japan in an attempt to revive his damaged reputation.

Formula One

1994 – 1998: Lotus, Tyrrell and Arrows

After a few years racing in Japan he made his first F1 start at the penultimate round of the 1994 Formula One season season in 1994 Japanese Grand Prix for the ailing Team Lotus team. He was kept on for the season's finale in 1994 Australian Grand Prix. Following the collapse of Lotus following the end of the season, Salo moved to Tyrrell Racing for 1995 Formula One season. He was to spend three years with the team, scoring points several times. In the 1997 Monaco Grand Prix he completed the whole (rain-shortened and -slowed) race without refuelling, taking fifth place ahead of the faster Giancarlo Fisichella as a result[1]. Despite a promising 1998 Formula One season with Arrows, he had no full-time drive in 1999 Formula One season.

1999: British American Racing and Ferrari

Following an injury to British American Racing driver Ricardo Zonta, Salo did get a short-term drive with the team for three races whilst the Brazil recovered. However a greater opportunity arose when Michael Schumacher broke his leg at a crash during the 1999 British Grand Prix. Salo was selected as his substitute to partner Eddie Irvine at Ferrari. In his second race in Ferrari at the 1999 German Grand Prix Salo led for part of the race and would have scored a Grand Prix win but team orders demanded that he give the lead to Irvine, who at the time was fighting for the championship with Mika Häkkinen.[2] Following the race, Irvine handed his victory trophy over to Salo as a gesture to show his gratitude. He also finished third at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, ahead of Irvine.

2000 – 2002: Sauber and Toyota

Salo was back full-time in 2000 Formula One season with Sauber, taking 11th in the championship, although he left the team at the end of the season to join the new Toyota F1 team in preparation for its F1 entry in 2002 Formula One season. He scored two points for Toyota in their first season, becoming the first driver since JJ Lehto at the 1993 South African Grand Prix to score points on a team's debut by finishing sixth at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix. He retired from Formula One at the end of 2002, after surprisingly getting fired from Toyota.

During his Formula One career, he achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 33 championship points.

Post-Formula One

His first post-F1 race came at the 2003 12 Hours of Sebring, driving the UK-entered Audi R8 (race car), the same car he was due to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans if it had not ran out of fuel already after the first hour. He raced in four CART races for PK Racing during the same year, his best finish being third in Miami in his second series start.

Because of his strong links with Ferrari he was picked up to be part of the development program of the Maserati MC12 GT racer. He made his FIA GT debut in 2004, narrowly losing the 24 Hours of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in a Ferrari 575. After that he entered the last four races of the season in the Maserati, winning two races and finishing second once.

2005 was a year somewhat lost in the doldrums with only two participations with the Maserati MC12 in the ALMS GTS-class, a competition where the car turned out to be not even half as competitive as in the FIA GT series.

For 2006, Salo returned to racing full-time, signing with AF Corse in the FIA GT to drive the Ferrari F430 and later on in the year with Risi Competizione in the ALMS. He was victorious in class in the 24 Hours of Spa and finished 3rd in the FIA GT2 Drivers' Championship with 61 points, while his efforts in the ALMS contributed to Risi's Teams' Championship cup. In the following year he continued with Risi Competizione in the ALMS and took the GT2 class honors in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the championship along with teammate Jaime Melo. They won a total of eight races out of twelve in the class. In addition, he won the Silverstone TT with Tomas Biagi when substituting for Michael Bartels, driving a Maserati MC12 once more.

Salo and Melo with Risi Competizione earned the first team At-Large honours on the 2007 All-American Racing Team, as voted for by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters (AARWBA).[3] Salo raced again in the ALMS for Risi Competizione in 2008. Although he was not successful in defending his previous year's titles, he won the GT2 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, coming in 18th overall.

He is now aiming for Nascar and tests are planned.[4]

Personal


He currently resides in Monaco with his Japanese wife Noriko Salo (born Endo) and their two children, son Max and daughter Mai. His godson Jesse Krohn competes in Formula Renault, both in Scandinavia and the UK.

Like fellow Finns Keke Rosberg and JJ Lehto, both former F1 drivers, Salo has commentated on several F1 races on MTV3 and the pay-channel MTV3MAX. During the controversial 2005 United States Grand Prix, he walked out of the commentator's booth in mid-race after the Michelin teams refused to race.

Racing record


Complete Formula One results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1994 Formula One season Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen Motorsports V10 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
1994 Pacific Grand Prix
1994 San Marino Grand Prix
1994 Monaco Grand Prix
1994 Spanish Grand Prix
1994 Canadian Grand Prix
1994 French Grand Prix
1994 British Grand Prix
1994 German Grand Prix
1994 Hungarian Grand Prix
1994 Belgian Grand Prix
1994 Italian Grand Prix
1994 Portuguese Grand Prix
1994 European Grand Prix
1994 Japanese Grand Prix
10
1994 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
1995 Formula One season Nokia Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 023 Yamaha Motor Company V10 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
7
1995 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1995 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1995 Spanish Grand Prix
10
1995 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1995 Canadian Grand Prix
7
1995 French Grand Prix
15
1995 British Grand Prix
8
1995 German Grand Prix
Ret
1995 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1995 Belgian Grand Prix
8
1995 Italian Grand Prix
5
1995 Portuguese Grand Prix
13
1995 European Grand Prix
10
1995 Pacific Grand Prix
12
1995 Japanese Grand Prix
6
1995 Australian Grand Prix
5
15th 5
1996 Formula One season Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 024 Yamaha Motor Company V10 1996 Australian Grand Prix
6
1996 Brazilian Grand Prix
5
1996 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1996 European Grand Prix
DSQ
1996 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1996 Monaco Grand Prix
5
1996 Spanish Grand Prix
DSQ
1996 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1996 French Grand Prix
10
1996 British Grand Prix
7
1996 German Grand Prix
9
1996 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1996 Belgian Grand Prix
7
1996 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
11
1996 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
13th 5
1997 Formula One season Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 025 Ford Motor Company V8 1997 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
1997 Brazilian Grand Prix
13
1997 Argentine Grand Prix
8
1997 San Marino Grand Prix
9
1997 Monaco Grand Prix
5
1997 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1997 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1997 French Grand Prix
Ret
1997 British Grand Prix
Ret
1997 German Grand Prix
Ret
1997 Hungarian Grand Prix
13
1997 Belgian Grand Prix
11
1997 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1997 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix
10
1997 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1997 European Grand Prix
12
17th 2
1998 Formula One season Danka Philip Zepter Arrows Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows V10 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1998 San Marino Grand Prix
9
1998 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1998 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 French Grand Prix
13
1998 British Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 German Grand Prix
14
1998 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Belgian Grand Prix
DNS
1998 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix
14
1998 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
13th 3
1999 Formula One season British American Racing British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec V10 1999 Australian Grand Prix
1999 Brazilian Grand Prix
1999 San Marino Grand Prix
7
1999 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1999 Spanish Grand Prix
8
1999 Canadian Grand Prix
1999 French Grand Prix
1999 British Grand Prix
10th 10
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro (cigarette) Ferrari F399 Ferrari V10 1999 Austrian Grand Prix
9
1999 German Grand Prix
2
1999 Hungarian Grand Prix
12
1999 Belgian Grand Prix
7
1999 Italian Grand Prix
3
1999 European Grand Prix
Ret
1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
1999 Japanese Grand Prix
2000 Formula One season Red Bull Sauber Sauber Sauber C19 Petronas V10 2000 Australian Grand Prix
DSQ
2000 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNS
2000 San Marino Grand Prix
6
2000 British Grand Prix
8
2000 Spanish Grand Prix
7
2000 European Grand Prix
Ret
2000 Monaco Grand Prix
5
2000 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
2000 French Grand Prix
10
2000 Austrian Grand Prix
6
2000 German Grand Prix
5
2000 Hungarian Grand Prix
10
2000 Belgian Grand Prix
9
2000 Italian Grand Prix
7
2000 United States Grand Prix
Ret
2000 Japanese Grand Prix
10
2000 Malaysian Grand Prix
8
11th 6
2002 Formula One season Panasonic Toyota F1 Toyota F1 Toyota TF102 Toyota F1 V10 2002 Australian Grand Prix
6
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix
12
2002 Brazilian Grand Prix
6
2002 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
2002 Spanish Grand Prix
9
2002 Austrian Grand Prix
8
2002 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
2002 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
2002 European Grand Prix
Ret
2002 British Grand Prix
Ret
2002 French Grand Prix
Ret
2002 German Grand Prix
9
2002 Hungarian Grand Prix
15
2002 Belgian Grand Prix
7
2002 Italian Grand Prix
11
2002 United States Grand Prix
14
2002 Japanese Grand Prix
8
17th 2

Complete CART results

(American Open Wheel driver results legend) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 CART World Series season KV Racing Flag of the United States
2003 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
 
Flag of Mexico
2003 Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
 
Flag of the United Kingdom
2003 London Champ Car Trophy
 
Flag of Germany
2003 German 500
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Grand Prix of Monterey
 
Flag of the United States
2003 G.I. Joe's 200
 
Flag of the United States
2003 U.S. Bank Cleveland Grand Prix
 
Flag of Canada
2003 Molson Indy Toronto
 
Flag of Canada
2003 Molson Indy Vancouver
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio
 
Flag of Canada
2003 Molson Indy Montreal
 
Flag of the United States
2003 Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver
14
Flag of the United States
2003 Grand Prix Americas (Champ Car race)
3
Flag of Mexico
2003 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante
5
Flag of Australia
2003 Lexmark Indy 300
11
Flag of the United States
2003 King Taco 500
NH
16th 26

References

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