Kimi Raikkonen is not a fan of the new Monaco layout and instead prefers the track before it changed. The Finn believes that Monaco used to be...
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.
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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
Raikkonen not interested in 300-race milestone, just the performance
Kimi Raikkonen is the longest-serving driver in Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix marks the 300th race of his career, but the Finn is staying...
Kimi Raikkonen believes Alfa Romeo is "stronger" after two days of testing
Alfa Romeo didn't have the best Spanish Grand Prix, but Kimi Raikkonen claims if they were to do it again, they'd be "stronger" after completing two days of testing.
Alfa Romeo will make changes if Giovinazzi doesn't improve - Lehto
JJ Lehto has warned Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi that he could face being dropped by the team if his results do not improve as he continues...
Raikkonen: Good thing we have two days of testing now!
Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo Racing needs to turn things around and targetted the post-Spanish Grand Prix test as crucial in improving the team's form.
Alfa Romeo didn't show potential - Vasseur
Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur has admitted the team failed to show its full potential throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Liveblog: The Spanish Grand Prix
It's here! Finally, the build-up is over and we don't have much longer to wait until the start of the Spanish Grand Prix. After Mercedes have...
Antonio Giovinazzi gets a five-place (1 place) grid drop for a gearbox change
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been handed a five-place grid job because his mechanics were forced to change his gearbox overnight....
Kimi Raikkonen plays down his vital role at Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen believes he's "just a driver like in any other team" despite helping his younger teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, grow and pushing...
Raikkonen remains optimistic about Alfa Romeo's car
Kimi Raikkonen has insisted he is still optimistic about Alfa Romeo's car, as he prepares for the fifth race of the season, this weekend in Barcelona.
Kimi Raikkonen's son is also interested in racing
Kimi Raikkonen says his son Robin is interested in racing. The Formula 1 world champion will put him in a kart during the summer: "he is interested...
Kimi Raikkonen on the season so far
Kimi Raikkonen has had a solid season so far but in his usual self, he wants more points and wants to be higher up the championship table. The...
Watch: The complex explanation behind Kimi Raikkonen's illegal front wing
After qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen got penalised for running an illegal front wing during the session. His penalty was to start from the pitlane. Autosport explain...
Raikkonen thinks Spain "should be easier" for Alfa after P10 in Baku
Alfa Romeo Racing driver Kimi Raikkonen has revealed the team already knew about the front wing potentially being an issue since China, as Raikkonen...
Raikkonen thinks it's unjustified to judge Giovinazzi so early
Kimi Raikkonen believes it would be "very unfair" to judge his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi on his first three races in Formula 1.
Alfa Romeo already knew about front wing issue - Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo Racing knew about their front wing issue after the Chinese Grand Prix. The Finn was disqualified from qualifying...
Breaking: Kimi Raikkonen will start from the pit lane
Kimi Raikkonen has been handed a pit lane start after his Alfa Romeo failed a front wing deflection test. He had qualified inside the top 10...
Alfa Romeo targetting double-points finish in Baku
Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur believes that both of his cars have the ability to finish in the points this weekend. Kimi Raikkonen has scored...
Raikkonen not making any predictions ahead of Azerbaijan GP
Kimi Raikkonen says he will not be making any guesses as to where he or Alfa Romeo Racing expects to finish in Azerbaijan due to the unpredictable...
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