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Mika Salo Biography, Wiki, Height, Weight, Net Worth, Personal Life, Racing Career

Mika Salo Biography: Mika Juhani Salo is a former professional racing driver from Finland. Between 1994 and 2002, he participated in Formula One.

Mika Salo Biography

Mika Salo Biography: Mika Salo was born on 30 November 1966 in Helsinki, Finland. He raced in the Reynard Alfa Romeo package, which was not the finest of the season. In 1990, he stayed with Alan Docking Racing and switched to a more competitive Ralt chassis, finishing second to countryman and bitter rival Mika Häkkinen in Formula Three. Salo was arrested for driving under the influence in London in 1990.

Mika Salo Biography

Mika Salo Wiki

NameMika Salo
Date Of Birth30 November 1966
Birth PlaceHelsinki, Finland
Height5ft 9in
Weight69kg
Zodiac SignSagittarius
ProfessionRacing Driver
Net Worth$5 million
Car CollectionN/A

Mika Salo Personal Life

Mika Salo lives in Estonia with his wife Noriko and has a son named Max and a daughter.

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Mika Salo’s Net Worth

According to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider, Mika Salo’s net worth is $5 million.

Mika Salo Biography

Mika Salo Career

After a few years of racing in Japan, he made his Formula One debut at the penultimate race of the 1994 season for the struggling Lotus team in Japan. He was kept for Australia’s season finale. After the collapse of Lotus after the 1994 season, Salo transferred to Tyrrell for 1995. He was to spend three years with the team and score numerous points. In the 1997 Grand Prix de Monaco, he completed the entire (rain-shortened and -slowed) race without refueling and finished fifth, ahead of the quicker Giancarlo Fisichella. Despite a successful 1998 with Arrows, he needed more motivation in 1999.

Salo replaced BAR driver Ricardo Zonta for three races while the Brazilian recovered from an injury. BAR’s first season was unsuccessful, while Salo’s seventh-place placing at San Marino was their best of the year. However, a more significant opportunity was when Michael Schumacher injured his leg during the British Grand Prix in 1999. Salo has been chosen as Eddie Irvine’s replacement at Ferrari.

In his second race with Ferrari, the 1999 German Grand Prix, Salo led for a portion of the race and would have won if not for team orders requiring him to surrender the lead to Irvine, who at the time was facing Mika Hakkinen for the championship. Following the race, Irvine presented Salo with the trophy as a gesture of appreciation. He also placed third at Monza, surpassing Irvine. These podium finishes were crucial to Ferrari’s first Constructors’ championship since 1983.

Salo returned to Sauber full-time in 2000, finishing 11th in the championship. He left the team at the end of the season to join the new Toyota team in preparation for the company’s 2002 Formula One entry, stating a desire to achieve podiums rather than lower points-scoring positions. He was the first driver since JJ Lehto at the 1993 South African Grand Prix to gain points on a team’s debut, finishing sixth at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix to earn two points for Toyota in their initial season. After being fired from Toyota at the end of 2002, he departed from Formula One. The news was initially met with vast surprise, but it was later disclosed that Salo was not on good terms with the team, which heavily criticized his performance as deemed insufficient.

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