Kimi Räikkönen was a guest of Trina Solar yesterday, making an appearance at Munich’s InterSolar trade show in a showcase of the solar panel manufacturer’s partnership with Lotus F1 Team. Attracting more than 80,000 visitors over three days, it is the largest industry exhibition in Europe and the most important for Trina Solar.
The Finnish Formula One star attended a press conference alongside Mark Kingsley, Chief Commercial Officer and Ben Hill, VP Sales & Marketing Europe, before taking to the Lotus F1 Team simulator. After driving laps of the Silverstone circuit, he turned award-presenter for the fastest three drivers from a two-day competition run by Trina Solar for their registered installers.
The prize for third fastest was a Lotus F1 Team shirt signed by both Kimi and Lotus F1 Team teammate Romain Grosjean. Second fastest received a pair of tickets for the German Grand Prix and for the winner Trina Solar awarded a pair of Paddock Club passes for the same event.
“It’s interesting to be here with Trina Solar to see how they are using Formula One and find out more about solar. It can have really great benefits, as we can see with the team, and is something I’m actually personally interested in for the future” said Räikkönen.
"It has been great having Kimi here with us today to showcase our partnership with Lotus F1 Team” said Mark Kingsley, Chief Commercial Officer of Trina Solar. “As the first solar company to enter Formula One in 2010, we are leading the way in our industry with our joint activities with Lotus F1 Team. We’re bringing tangible benefits to the team with initiatives such as our installation to power their simulator building and our commitment to the Plant-for-the-Planet campaign. Trina Solar is founded on innovation, quality, leadership and teamwork and we have found a like-minded strategic partner in Lotus F1 Team, with whom we also share a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.”