30 Nov 1966
On 30th November 1966, Mika Salo was born in Helsinki. He was the first Finn to race in Formula 1 for Scuderia Ferrari, albeit for a short time. In fact, Mika was called in to stand in for the unfortunate Michael Schumacher, after the German champion broke a leg at Silverstone during the 1999 British Grand Prix. Salo took part in six Grands Prix for the Prancing Horse, getting two podium finishes: for his second place at Hockenheim, he chivalrously handed the lead to team-mate Eddie Irvine and he also finished third in Monza. These were the best results of the Finn’s career in the highest level of motor sport from 110 starts.
The relationship between Salo and Ferrari began again several years later, in GT racing. The man from Helsinki raced with Risi Competizione and AF Corse and among other successes, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice in 2008 and 2009.