In 2001, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were just starting their Formula 1 journeys. Juan Pablo Montoya was another driver starting out and...
Kimi Raikkonen is a Formula 1 driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing team. During his career Raikkonen has driven for Ferrari, Sauber, McLaren and Lotus throughout his illustrious career which included success in the 2007 Formula 1 series.
The Finn joins Alfa Romeo for the 2019 season having departed Ferrari following the 2018 season after which he was replaced by Charles Leclerc. He’ll join Antonio Giovinazzi to represent the Italian team.
|Team||Alfa Romeo Racing|
Kimi Raikkonen started karting at the age of ten and had plenty of success in Finland but he didn’t race outside the country for another five years. Raikkonen first competed outside Finland, when he competed in Monaco in which his steering wheel broke. Despite the setback he continued, waving the wheel in the air, attempting to get the attention of his mechanic.
In 1998 Raikkonen won his first Nordic Championship in Norway. A year later he came second in the European Formula Super A championship, racing for Dutch PDB Racing. The same year he won the UK Formula Renault Championship, winning seven of ten races on his road to victory.
Starting out with Sauber
Following these impressive results, Raikkonen was given the chance to test for Sauber, by Pete Sauber at the Mugellow Circuit. Tests in Jerez and Barcelona followed before the Finn was signed on a permanent basis for the 2001 season.
Initially, there were concerns over the new Sauber driver’s participation in F1, with many critics feeling he was too inexperienced to be given a super licence. However, on his debut in Australia he scored a single point despite reportedly being asleep with just 30 minutes until the race.
He finished his first season with nine points and along with Nick Heidfeld helped the team come fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. Despite a solid showing, the ‘Iceman’ would go on to move to McLaren Mercedes for the 2002 season.
2007 World Champion
Having spent four unsuccessful seasons at McLaren, Raikkonen joined Ferrari who also hadn’t won a title since 2003. Despite Alonso being favourite for the title, having won the last two at Renault, Raikkonen made a statement of intent in Australia, winning from pole. After a strong start Raikkonen retired in Spain before finishing eighth in Monaco to hand the initiative to Lewis Hamilton and Alonso. He quickly got over his drop in form winning in France and then at Silverstone before another retirement at the European Grand Prix.
The season went right to the end thanks and the Finn podiumed in each of the last seven races, winning three. It was the tightest of finishes. Victory in Abu Dhabi saw the Finn claim his first World Championship after Lewis Hamilton finished seventh. Raikkonen finished on 110 points one ahead of both Hamilton and Alonso. Raikkonen was World Champion at last.
Following another tight fought year in 2008, which Raikkonen finished third thanks to a podium finish in Brazil. Another unsuccesful season in 2009 followed which led to him leaving Ferrari in 2010. He was replaced by Fernando Alonso and instead Raikkonen made his rally car debut.
He wasn’t out of the sport long and returned with Lotus in 2011 before returning to Ferrari for the 2014 season. Raikkonen was second to Sebastian Vettel the majority of his second spell at Ferrari and in 2018 it was announced he’d be replaced by Charles Leclerc. This paved the way for him to return to Sauber for 2019.
Kimi Raikkonen was born in Espoo, Finland in October 1979. He has a net worth of an estimated $180 million and is among the top on the Forbes list of athletes.
Kimi Raikkonen News
Kimi Raikkonen is shocked he's still driving in Formula 1 at 40-years-old!
Former Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is shocked he is still driving in F1 at the veteran age of 40-years-old.
Vasseur: Midfield is so tight you have to be perfect in the race
Alfa Romeo started the season with plenty of optimism, Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel and some good early form led to increased hope. However, their...
Watch: Raikkonen's difficult run
The start of the season offered plenty of optimism and reasons to be positive for Alfa Romeo and Kimi Raikkonen. However, recent times have not...
Kimi Raikkonen's phenomenal start to US GP: Five places gained!
In his own words, he "could just as well have been the last" in Austin. Kimi Raikkonen finished eleventh in the Grand Prix of the United...
Kimi Raikkonen disappointed with Alfa Romeo's performances
Kimi Raikkonen is getting bored of finishing outside of the points. The Finn started the season well with Alfa Romeo but since the summer break,...
Raikkonen frustrated with going out in Q1 after positive FP3
Kimi Raikkonen reflected that a mistake cost him his place in P2. The fin qualified in 17th following a positive final practice session which...
Kimi Raikkonen on slower lap times: "If it’s more exciting nobody cares"
Kimi Raikkonen would rather closer racing in Formula 1 to the cars setting faster lap times. The new 2021 rule changes have made the cars better...
Vasseur rues missed opportunity for Alfa in Mexico
Alfa Romeo Racing boss Frederic Vasseur was left frustrated as his team left the Mexican Grand Prix without scoring any points for the third...
Raikkonen felt it was a "shame" to have to retire in Mexico
Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish the Mexican Grand Prix after his race ended on 58 laps and he admitted it was a "shame" to not be able to finish...
Raikkonen frustrated with qualifying but hopeful for the race
Kimi Raikkonen has revealed his frustration with his qualifying session at the Mexican Grand Prix, as he was knocked out in Q2 and will start...
"We should stay home and forget the racing" Raikkonen says if F1 wants to go green
Following Lewis Hamilton's comments about the environment recently; one-time world champion Kimi Raikkonen has said that if Formula 1 wants to...
"Not a surprise" Alfa are struggling in second half of season
Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo has said he's not surprised by the dip in form from fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen and his team Alfa Romeo...
Alfa Romeo has “no need to panic” says Vasseur
Alfa Romeo Racing boss Fred Vasseur insists there is “no need to panic” with improved qualifying performances despite only two points...
Raikkonen turns 40: "I don't feel that old at all"
Kimi Raikkonen turns 40-years-old today and he's admitted that he's feeling good and has no plans of stopping just yet. The Fin has...
Vettel: It's "a bit early" to say Leclerc his quickest teammate
Sebastian Vettel says that it is too early to say whether Charles Leclerc is his quickest teammate ever, adding that it's difficult to compare....
WATCH: Why Kimi Raikkonen has struggled since the summer break
Kimi Raikkonen has had a tough time in recent races, failing to score since the summer break, and with Alfa Romeo slipping behind midfield rivals...
Alfa Romeo need to improve "small details" for 2020
Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur says that his team need to improve "small details" for next season if they are to break into the top end of the midfield.
Kimi Raikkonen: Formula 1 looks "ridiculous" when not running due to wet weather
Kimi Raikkonen believes Formula 1 can look "ridiculous" when it doesn't race due to the wet weather conditions, and believes when he started...
- Load more articles