Kimi Raikkönen

Finnish racing driver Kimi-Matias Räikkönen was born 17 October 1979 in Espoo).Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001. Having previously only raced in very junior open-wheel categories, he was given his Super Licence from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) after a performance delivery promise by his team boss, Peter Sauber He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the 2003 and 2005 championships to Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, respectively. Räikkönen’s 2003 and 2005 seasons were plagued by severe unreliability from his McLaren cars.After switching to Ferrari in 2007, he became the highest paid driver in motor sport with an estimated wage of $51 million per year. In turn his move to Ferrari saw him secure his first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, beating McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point, as well as becoming one of the very few drivers to win in their first season at Ferrari. In 2008, he equalled the record for fastest laps in a season for the second time. After one more year in the sport, he left the Ferrari F1 team to drive a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team in the World Rally Championship for 2010. Along with rallying, Räikkönen has turned his attention towards NASCAR, and made his debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.

In 2008, Räikkönen was among the two Formula One drivers who made it into the Forbes magazine’s The Celebrity 100 list, the other being Fernando Alonso. He is 36th on Forbes magazine’s The Celebrity 100 list of 2008, and 41st on the previous year. On the same list, as of 2008, he is listed as the 26th highest paid celebrity overall and the 5th highest paid sportsman behind Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Michael Jordan and Phil Mickelson. In 2009, Räikkönen was listed as the equal 2nd highest paid athlete in the world, behind Woods. In 2009 Räikkönen left Ferrari and was replaced by Fernando Alonso. He was expected to return to McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton but negotiations with the team failed. Räikkönen was linked to Mercedes GP but the team eventually signed Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Toyota F1, before it pulled out of Formula One, offered Räikkönen a driving contract to replace Timo Glock in 2010.  Räikkönen did not drive in Formula One in the 2010 season.

In 2009 Räikkönen made his rally debut at the Arctic Lapland Rally, driving a Tommi Mäkinen Racing-prepared Abarth Grande Punto S2000. He finished in 13th place. Räikkönen made his WRC debut in the 2009 Rally Finland,He was running third in group N and 15th overall before crashing out in Väärinmaja, last stage of Saturday. During 2010 Räikkönen became afull-time driver for the Citroën Junior Team, driving a Red Bull-sponsored Citroën C4 WRC with his co-driver, Kaj Lindström. Räikkönen scored his first WRC points when he finished eighth in the Jordan Rally. Consequently, he became the second driver after Carlos Reutemann to score championship points in both Formula One and the World Rally Championship. In the next WRC event, the Rally of Turkey, Räikkönen improved his best result with a fifth-place finish. In the 2010 Rally Finland, the retired four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen entered the race and said that if Räikkönen cannot beat him then he might as well go back to Formula One. Kankkunen finished eighth and Räikkönen 25th due to car trouble. He finished seventh in the Rallye Deutschland, his second ever asphalt rally, while notching up his first ever career stage win, the last stage of the rally. Räikkönen achieved his first rally win in the Rallye Vosgien 2010 in France. He won all six stages in the asphalt rally. Räikkönen did not start in the Rally Catalunya after crashing. Räikkönen entered the 2011 World Rally Championship season under his own team, ICE 1 Racing driving a Citroën DS3 WRC He finished eighth in the Rally Sweden. Skipping the Mexico event, he next competed in Rally Portugal and finished seventh.

in 2011 Räikkönen signed a deal with Toyota team Kyle Busch Motorsports to run a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series Series. Räikkönen also took part in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a strong finish of 15th, though he started the day with tough practice sessions and qualified only at 31 out of 37 trucks. Räikkönen went on to race in the Nationwide Series at the same track on 28 May driving for Joe Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports. He finished 27th after having debris stuck on the grille of his car and getting a penalty for speeding in the pitlane, Räikkönen tested Robby Gordon’s car at Infineon Raceway, with plans of Gordon fielding a two-car team for him and Räikkönen at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. However, Räikkönen crashed the car in the test, and the deal with Robby Gordon Motorsports fell through.

in 2012, Räikkönen returned to Formula One with  a two-year contract with Lotus. Räikkönen began the season by qualifying 17th for the Australian Grand Prix However he recovered and moved up to twelfth, before making it into the top ten. He took three places on the last lap of the race, to finish in seventh place. Räikkönen qualified for the Malaysian Grand Prix in 5th place. He started the race from 10th place because of an unscheduled gearbox change and also eventually finished the race in 5th. At the Chinese Grand Prix he was 14th after running 2nd after incorrect tyre choice resulted in him being overtaken by 10 cars in the space of one lap. At the Bahrain Grand Prix he finished second starting from 11th position on the grid. It was his first podium  Räikkönen finished third at the Spanish Grand Prix, after having qualified in fifth place, which had been promoted to fourth as a result of a penalty given to Lewis Hamilton. In Monaco Räikkönen qualified in 8th but finished one place lower in 9th place. For the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix Räikkönen qualified 12th but finished 8th. In the European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit he finished second behind Fernando Alonso.

In the 2012 British Grand Prix he finished fifth, after having qualified in sixth place. Räikkönen reached 4th in the 2012 German Grand Prix, eventually gaining the last podium spot after Sebastian Vettel was penalised for an illegal overtaking manoeuvre. Räikkönen qualified 5th for the Hungarian Grand Prix Eventually finishing the race in 2nd place, just one second behind the race winner Lewis Hamilton. Räikkönen qualifyed fourth for the Belgian Grand Prix and went on to finish 3rd behind Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel. Räikkönen qualified 7th for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, eventually finishing in 5th. At the Singapore Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified 12th. and eventually finished 6th. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified 8th after spinning at his final attempt in Q3 and finished 6th after being passed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton after the second round of pit stops. Räikkönen eventually qualified 5th for The Korean Grand Prix and finished the race in 5th after an impressive battle with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton which ended in Räikkönen’s favour. Räikkönen was 48 points behind the championship leader Sebastian Vettel after 16 rounds of the 2012 season, however He won the Brazillian after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton suffered gearbox problems. At the Indian Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified in 7th place Eventually finishing 7th.

Räikkönen Extended his contract with Lotus was extended for 2013. In 2012, Räikkönen won his first race for the Lotus F1 team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a good start from fourth saw him take Pastor Maldonado and Mark Webber at the first corner. He was unable to match the pace of Hamilton, but a mechanical issue retired the McLaren and allowed Räikkönen to win the race, despite pressure from the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. Lotus celebrated its first win since the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix which was won by Ayrton Senna. Still third, Räikkönen was 16 points clear of Lewis Hamilton in the championship. But after Hamilton’s pole position at the concluding race of 2012, Räikkönen would have to finish at least fifth in the race if Hamilton were to win. He qualified  ninth howeverOn lap 52, Räikkönen,  made a mistake and went off the track and tried to use an escape road to re-enter the track rather than drive over the grass. The road was blocked and he was forced to turn back. He lost numerous places and found himself behind a Caterham and a Marussia. He skidded again to be lapped, but re-claimed the lost places and with a retirement from Hamilton, finished the race in 10th and claimed his 3rd place in the standings, with a 1-point contribution to the tally. He ended the season 71 points behind Fernando Alonso and 74 points behind champion Sebastian Vettel. Räikkönen was named the driver of the year in a poll in a French auto racing website, http://www.toileF1.com In second place was Fernando Alonso.

In 2013 Räikkönen won the Australian Grand Prix despite starting from seventh He also set the fastest lap of the race on lap 56. Räikkönen qualified seventh in Malaysia, but was demoted three places for impeding Nico Rosberg during qualifying. Eventually finishing the race seventh, behind team-mate Grosjean. Räikkönen qualified and finished second At the Chinese Grand Prix. In the Bahrain Grand Prix he qualified ninth, but was promoted to eighth after Lewis Hamilton received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. He finished the race second ahead of his team-mate Romain Grosjean, with Sebastian Vettel winning the race. At the Spanish Grand Prix, Räikkönen started fourth and finished second thanks to a three-stop strategy. At the next race in Monaco, Räikkönen started fifth eventually finishing in tenth place. In the process, it continued his streak of 23 consecutive points finishes, one shy of the record of 24 set by Michael Schumacher across three seasons between 2001 and 2003. Räikkönen finished ninth at the Canadian Grand Prix. Räikkönen finished 5th At the 2013 British Grand Prix, finishing in the points for the 25th consecutive race, breaking Schumacher’s record and putting him in third place in the championship. At the German Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified fourth and finished second, only a second behind Vettel.

Räikkönen gualified sixth for the Hungarian Grand Prix but finished second – for the fifth time at the circuit. The result promoted him to second in the Drivers’ Championship, one point ahead of Fernando Alonso and 38 points behind championship leader, Vettel. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Räikkönen finished fastest in Q2 but did not finish the race, this ended his chances of beating the most consecutive race finishes – a record held by Nick Heidfeld at 41 finishes – Räikkönen recorded 38. He failed to score again at the Italian Grand Prix after losing his front wing at the start and was unable to pass Jenson Button for a point scoring position. Räikkönen left Lotus for the 2014 season, and instead join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. it was revealed that Räikkönen had not been paid by Lotus for the whole season, meaning there were several million euros of outstanding fees. Räikkönen publicly cited this as the reason for leaving Lotus for Ferrari. Räikkönen qualified 13th, for the Singapore Grand Prix eventually finishing third place. At the Japanese Grand Prix, he qualified 9th and finished 5th. Then at the Indian Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified 6th eventually finishing in 7th place. Räikkönen refused to enter the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix unless he was paid. Räikkönen qualified 5th, but was demoted to the 22nd and last grid spot. Then Räikkönen retired on the first lap after crashing into Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham and Räikkönen missed the rest of the season.

In 2014 Räikkönen signed a 2-year deal With Ferrari. After a mostly disappointing first half of the season he finished fourth place at the Belgian Grand Prix. However Räikkönen ended the 2014 season a career-low 12th in the Drivers’ Championship. Räikkönen remained with Ferrari for the 2015 season, partnering former world champion Sebastian Vettel after Alonso announced his departure from the Scuderia. Räikkönen had to retire from the first race of the season in Australia due to a loose wheel following a pitstop. He recovered to finish fourth both in Malaysia and China. However Another pit issue befell Räikkönen during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Despite this Räikkönen eventually finished second at the Bahrain Grand Prix and recorded his first podium since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix for Lotus, and the first in his second spell with Ferrari. Räikkönen qualified in 7th place for the, Barcelona Grand Prix Moving to 5th position before being controversially overtaken by Ricciardo, and finishing the race in 6th. Räikkönen qualified in 3rd place for the Montreal Grand Prix, unfortunately spun at the hairpin while on the out-lap from a pitstop, and lost his 3rd place to Valtteri Bottas.In the Austrian Grand Prix he was involved in a big crash with Fernando Alonso which left Alonso’s McLaren on top of Räikkönen’s Ferrari.

At the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, Räikkönen ran second behind Vettel looking set for a 1–2  until a technical failure meant he lost straightline speed. He then lost further positions after the restart so following a pitstop he retired. Räikkönen started from 17th on the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix However, he managed to overtake the middle pack and finished the race in 7th, after teammate Sebastian Vettel had a tire blowout on the 42nd lap causing him to lose a 3rd place finish. Räikkönen qualified on the front row for Ferrari’s home race the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, but dropped to last due to mechanical problems eventually battling from the back of the field to finish fifth. At the Singapore Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified in 3rd, behind Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Räikkönen maintained the position through the race despite being uncomfortable with the car, to take his second podium finish of the season. Räikkönen ended the season by finishing third in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take his third podium of the year and was fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.

Sadly Räikkönen had to retire from the first race of the 2016 season in Australia Grand Prix however Räikkönen did finish in second place at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Räikkönen outpaced teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix to take 3rd on the grid, unfortunately he collided with Vettel but despite this he eventually finished fifth. He Finished the Russian Grand Prix in third place after a huge start collision, which left his teammate Vettel out of the race. This was also the 700th podium in Ferrari’s Formula One history. At the Spanish Grand Prix Räikkönen finished behind Max Verstappen in second place to take his third podium of the season in the finishing ahead of his teammate Vettel who was third. During the 2017 motor racing season Räikkönen had his first pole position in 129 races at Monaco, qualifying just 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate Sebastian Vettel. For the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, Räikkönen qualified second, Eventually finishing second, with Vettel finishing first, giving Ferrari a 1-2 finish. Räikkönen renewed his contract with Ferrari for the 2018 season.

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