Kimi, nicknamed “Iceman”, won the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, in his first season at Scuderia Ferrari. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, he competed in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011, then returning to Formula One from 2012. Besides his title, Räikkönen also finished second overall in 2003 and 2005 and third in 2008, 2012 and 2018. Prior to the 2019 season, Räikkönen has won 21 Grands Prix, making him the Finnish Formula One driver with the most race wins. He is the only driver to take a race win in the V10, V8 and the hybrid V6 engine eras.
How it all started…
Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001, carrying only 23 car races under his belt. He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002 and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the championship to Michael Schumacher in 2003 and Fernando Alonso in 2005. His move to Ferrari in 2007 saw him crowned Formula One World Drivers’ Champion, beating both McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point. In 2008 he equalled the record for fastest laps in a season, for the second time.
Räikkönen left Scuderia Ferrari and the sport after the 2009 season, on his return to Formula One, he drove for Lotus in 2012 and 2013. On 11 September 2013, Ferrari announced their re-signing of Räikkönen on a two-year contract, beginning in the 2014 season. This contract has been extended until the end of the 2018 season. Räikkönen had more than four winless years since rejoining Ferrari, until he won the 2018 United States Grand Prix, and he finished his in total eight-year long Ferrari career with a third place overall in the 2018 championship.
Now he’s driving for Alfa Romeo Racing. Welcome Kimi!
|Hobbies||Snowboarding, Ice hockey, Motorcross|
|Favourite Food||Chicken, Noodles|
|Favourite Drink||Coke, Apple juice, water|
|Spoken Languages||Finnish, English|