Kimi Raikkonen Bio
Kimi-Matias Räikkönen born 17 October 1979), nicknamed “Iceman“, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing. He won the 2007 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.
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17 October 1979
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Kimi Raikkonen Biography
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. Räikkönen’s 2002, 2004 and 2006 seasons were plagued by severe unreliability from his McLaren cars. Räikkönen’s move to Ferrari in 2007 saw him crowned Formula One World Drivers’ Champion, beating both McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonsoby 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, only winning one race in that season due to an uncompetitive car. On his return to Formula One, Räikkönen 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, after 113 Grands Prix without a win and nine years since his last Ferrari triumph from his first stint in the team. In spite of the long winless streak, Räikkönen finished among the top four overall in the championship on multiple occasions during his second Ferrari stint. Räikkönen finished his in total eight-year long Ferrari career with a third place overall in the 2018 championship.
In September 2018 Scuderia Ferrari announced that Räikkönen would leave at the end of the 2018 season, followed shortly by a message from Sauber Alfa Romeo, the Ferrari-affiliated Formula 1 team, that Räikkönen had been signed on a two-year contract for 2019 and 2020, with Sauber’s rookie Charles Leclerc swapping seats with Räikkönen, joining Ferrari in his place.
In the World Rally Championship 2010 and 2011, Räikkönen drove a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team. Concurrently, Räikkönen also competed in NASCAR, and made his debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series. Forbes magazine listed Räikkönen 36th in their 2008 ‘Celebrity 100’ as the 26th highest paid celebrity and fifth highest paid sportsman. The same list in 2009 listed him as the second highest-paid athlete.
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