When Keke retired from F1 after the 1986 season, he started to support young Finnish drivers to get forward on their careers. He worked behind two Finnish drivers, the well known double World Champion Mika Häkkinen and Jyrki Järvilehto (who often used the name "JJ Lehto" to make his name easier for international fans). Keke worked as a manager of both of these drivers. Unfortunately JJ Lehto's career in F1 ended sooner than planned because he injured his neck in a very serious testing accident in 1994. He was able to make a comeback but he wasn't fully recovered to race with the powerful F1 cars. This was the end of his career in F1. The best result of his career was 3rd and he was the second Finn in the history to get on the podium.
2008 continued with some victories and Kimi was in the title fight, but in the end he lost his chances for the championship. In 2009 Ferrari's car wasn't good, but Kimi was able to win at Belgium. In the end of the year it was announced that Fernando Alonso was coming to the team. Kimi didn't have a contract and couldn't get a seat from another top team, so he made his decision to leave the sport and pursue other interests. He decided to move to World Rally Championship with Citroen. He did quite well looking with the fact that he is a driver who is used to drive on a track rather than on (dirt) roads. He collected some points in his rally career. In 2012 Kimi made a come back to F1 with Lotus and ended up his championship nicely in 3rd position and with one victory.
Looking at feeder series of F1, there were two Finnish drivers racing in GP3 - Aaro Vainio and Matias Laine. The Finnish double finished in 4th and 5th places in the championship this year. Neither of these young Finns have revealed their plans for the 2013 seasons but I could guess they are thinking about continuing in GP3 or possibly moving into GP2. They are both still young and have potential to show. These two guys are quite different and actually makes me think about Räikkönen and Kovalainen. Laine is more closed and more quiet person, similar to Räikkönen, while Vainio reminds more of Kovalainen as he is a very chatty guy.
Apart from Vainio and Laine, there surely are young Finnish karting drivers who have a dream and a goal - to compete in Formula 1 and to win the F1 championship. In general Finns must have dedication and money to get forward in their careers, but I think this is what the motorsport is in every country these days. The sport is very expensive and takes very much resources but it's totally worth of it if the young driver has a true talent. The money spent for the sport when being young will be easily paid back with success later. Of course, not everyone are going to have this success if they aren't talented.
In Finland there are karting series, and some of the young drivers compete karting in Central Europe, also. For Formula Series, you must leave to Europe. In Finland there doesn't exist a proper international racing track, even though we have lots of talented drivers. It's something what I would like to see here in the future. It doesn't need to be such a big track that it would be ready for Formula One License, but a track where F3 and World Series by Renault could complete, for example. Surely it would be amazing if our country had a proper race track and if F1 could arrive to our country, because we have such a good and successful history in F1. The population of Finland is only 5 million people, but there are so many racing fans and I'm quite sure the race would be a success.
But being realistic, if this ever happens, the time for a race track is not now. In general Finnish sports men and women are having a difficult time. We used to have success in winter sports along with motorsports, but in winter sports we are having big difficulties. We used to win and have great results as individuals and as teams in ski jumping and skiing, for example. Also in some normal atheletics there has been always someone from Finland who has success. But these days our sports are having very difficult time and mostly it's because there aren't proper financial support for our sports right now. Training is difficult. So because of this, I don't believe we will get a racing track any time soon. But I hope some day this would be possible, and it would be a great thing for us Finns. The people with sisu. And with sisu we can get our sports back to the top, and maybe can get a racing track. One day.