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Kimi Räikkönen

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Kimi Raikkonen

Finnish racing driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1979.

Countries: (20%), United Kingdom (15%), Australia (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Scuderia Ferrari, Sauber

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, Lotus F1, McLaren, Sauber

 

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Kimi Räikkönen was born in 1979 add something


1997

McLaren - This marked the start of a decline in form as Ferrari cemented their position at the head of Formula One. In , Häkkinen was out-scored by Coulthard for the first time since 1997 and retired , his place taken by Kimi Räikkönen, in Coulthard took their solitary win at Monaco while Ferrari repeated McLaren's 1988 feat of 15 wins in a season


1998

In 1998 he was 1st in the Nordic Championship at Varna in Norway add something


1999

In 1999, Räikkönen placed second in the European Formula Super A championship, and competed in the Formula Ford Euro Cup. By the age of twenty, he had won the British Formula Renault winter series of 1999, winning the first four races of the year add something


2000

In 2000, he won seven out of ten events in the Formula Renault UK Championship add something

 

On the basis of these results, Peter Sauber gave the Finn a test with the Sauber Formula One team in September 2000 at the Mugello Circuit add something

 

Heikki Kovalainen - Kovalainen began his car racing career in the British Formula Renault Championship, which fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen had won in 2000 before moving straight into Formula One with Sauber


2001

Carl Breeze - In 2001 he was champion, with results which were stronger than Kimi Räikkönen's the previous year, although unlike Kimi he had experience of the championship and its circuits

 

Katherine Legge - In 2001 she beat Kimi Räikkönen's lap record and achieved a pole, and she was the first woman to receive the BRDC's "Rising Star" accolade

 

Sauber - In 2001, Sauber brought a virtually unknown and very inexperienced Kimi Räikkönen into Formula One, despite the protests of a few drivers and influential members of the FIA, including Max Mosley, that he would pose a danger to other drivers

 

Australian Grand Prix - Other prominent names to debut in Melbourne are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton ; former Australian F1 driver, Mark Webber, made his debut there in 2002

 

Nick Heidfeld - This has happened two other times in the German's career; in 2001 when he was teammates with Kimi Räikkönen and in 2002, when he was teammates with Felipe Massa

 

Fernando Alonso - It was reported in September 2001 by some of the European press that Sauber were looking to replace outgoing Kimi Räikkönen with Alonso although he was facing competition for the seat from Felipe Massa and Jaguar test driver André Lotterer


2002

Although McLaren suffered many engine failures in 2002, Räikkönen scored 24 points and four podiums, and held his own against teammate David Coulthard add something

 

As other teams improved their cars, McLaren, who were still using the 2002 chassis, began to falter in terms of race speed add something

 

When he joined McLaren in 2002 the design was left intact, only making the top circle all blue and with some black details on the chin area add something

 

Jenni Dahlman - She met Formula One racing driver Kimi Räikkönen in early 2002 during the Miss Scandinavia contest that she won


2003

Räikkönen's 2003 and 2005 seasons were plagued by severe unreliability from his McLaren cars add something

 

The 2003 season was one of the closest in recent years add something


2004

Despite the disappointment of the 2004 season, Räikkönen was still seen as one of the rising stars of the sport, along with BAR's Button, Renault's Alonso and 2005 McLaren teammate Montoya add something

 

The 2004 season began with Räikkönen only claiming a single point in the first seven races add something

 

This equalled Michael Schumacher's 2004 record of ten fastest laps in a Formula One season add something

 

Räikkönen married Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model and former Miss Scandinavia, on 31 July 2004 add something

 

In early November 2004, Räikkönen announced his intention to create a racing team with his manager Steve Robertson, to be entitled Räikkönen Robertson Racing , which would compete in Formula Three in 2005 add something

 

Brazilian Grand Prix - Montoya did eventually lay to rest the ghost of this event by winning the 2004 race in his final Grand Prix for Williams before moving to McLaren, holding off his future team-mate Kimi Räikkönen to take a hard-fought victory


2005

Alonso's first major mistake of the 2005 season handed the to Räikkönen add something

 

Many pundits predicted 2005 to be filled with great on-track battles from a resurgent team add something

 

Räikkönen's start to the 2005 season season was less than perfect add something

 

The trident insignia was painted in white during his time racing for Sauber and McLaren until 2005, and red from 2006 with McLaren and during his time with Ferrari add something

 

Brazilian Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso became the youngest ever Formula One World Champion at the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix, his third place behind winner Juan Pablo Montoya and championship rival Kimi Räikkönen was enough to clinch the title with two races remaining

 

Bruno Senna - In 2005, he moved on to the British Formula Three International Series, driving for the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team owned by then-McLaren Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen and his business managers David and Steve Robertson


2006

He became the team mate to Brazilian Felipe Massa, who had been driving for Ferrari since 2006 add something

 

In 2006 his helmet was the same, only changing the blue to black with red and white lines on it add something

 

Räikkönen's British Formula Three Championship team Räikkönen Robertson Racing claimed their first major success, with British driver Mike Conway winning the 2006 British F3 International Series title and the prestigious Macau Grand Prix add something

 

Significantly, at the opening of the , though saying he was very comfortable at McLaren, Räikkönen raised the possibility that he might leave McLaren when his contract expired in 2006 if reliability issues were not solved add something

 

Lewis Hamilton - His 2006 GP2 championship coincided with a vacancy at McLaren following the departure of Juan Pablo Montoya to NASCAR and Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari

 

Monaco Grand Prix - The fastest-ever lap was set by Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying for the 2006 Grand Prix, at 1m 13,532


2007

At the Fuji Speedway in Japan, the only new track on the 2007 calendar, Räikkönen qualified in third position, while Hamilton took pole and Alonso second add something

 

Later, Ferrari announced that he would be replaced in the 2007 season by Räikkönen add something

 

Räikkönen started the season in Australia by taking pole position, setting the fastest lap and becoming the first driver since Nigel Mansell in 1989 to win his first Grand Prix with Ferrari add something

 

Räikkönen took the 2007 Formula One Drivers' title with victory in the at Interlagos, in an incident-packed race add something

 

Gary Paffett - After the departure of Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari, it was speculated that he may have been in contention for a 2007 race seat in the team alongside World Champion Fernando Alonso

 

Juan Pablo Montoya - At the same time McLaren did not take up their option on Montoya for 2007, while his teammate Kimi Räikkönen remained a free agent, although it was later revealed that Räikkönen had signed with Ferrari for 2007 before Alonso had signed his McLaren deal

 

Formula One - Drivers are not required to have competed at this level before entering Formula One. British F3 has supplied many F1 drivers, with champions including Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Mika Häkkinen having moved straight from that series to Formula One. More rarely a driver may be picked from an even lower level, as was the case with 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, who went straight from Formula Renault to F1

 

Australian Grand Prix - In 2007 Kimi Räikkönen in his first race for Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton became first driver in 11 years to finish on the podium in debut, as he was third behind his team-mate Alonso

 

James Hunt - In early 2007, Formula One driver and 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen entered and won a snowmobile race in his native Finland under the name James Hunt

 

Lewis Hamilton - In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records, while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen

 

Scuderia Ferrari - In the F2007 Kimi Räikkönen won the inaugural race of the 2007 season, the first Ferrari driver to win on his début since Nigel Mansell in 1989

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports - KBM later signed 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen to run a limited schedule in the Truck Series starting at Charlotte

 

Belgian Grand Prix - The Belgian Grand Prix returned in 2007, when Kimi Räikkönen took pole position and his 3rd Belgian Grand Prix win in a row


2008

After a disappointing first race for Ferrari in Australia where Räikkönen eventually finished eighth after starting 15th on the grid owing to a mechanical problem in qualifying, he won his first race of the 2008 season at the , finishing ahead of Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen add something

 

He is 36th on Forbes magazine's The Celebrity 100 list of 2008, and 41st on the previous year add something

 

In 2008, he equalled the record for fastest laps in a season for the second time add something

 

In Spain, Räikkönen took the 15th pole of his career and his first of the 2008 season add something

 

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 add something

 

The pace of the Ferraris and McLarens in particular was significantly slower than the likes of the Brawn, Red Bull and other outfits who were struggling to keep up with them in 2008 add something

 

In August 2008, it was announced that Räikkönen would appear on a set of Finnish postage stamps add something


2009

After the safety car was removed, he passed Giancarlo Fisichella to take the race lead and led all the way to the chequered flag for his first race win in 25 races, and the first and only one for Ferrari in 2009 add something

 

At the start of the 2009 season in the , Räikkönen qualified in ninth place add something

 

Near the end of the 2009 season, Ferrari announced that Räikkönen would be leaving the team, despite having a contract to race for them in add something

 

Räikkönen made his rally debut at the Arctic Lapland Rally, which ran from 23 to 24 January 2009, driving a Tommi Mäkinen Racing-prepared Abarth Grande Punto S2000 add something

 

On 17 November 2009, his manager Steve Robertson confirmed that Räikkönen would not drive in Formula One in the 2010 season add something

 

On 4 December 2009, it was announced that Räikkönen would shift from Formula 1 to the World Rally Championship for the 2010 season as a full-time driver for the Citroën Junior Team, and that he would be driving a Red Bull-sponsored Citroën C4 WRC with his co-driver, Kaj Lindström add something

 

Steve Matchett - In 2009 Matchett presented a thirty-minute show for Speed Channel called "Always Ferrari", in which he visited the famous Italian marque's Maranello factory, toured the road car restoration division, the Formula 1 racing headquarters and there interviewed F1 team members including drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen

 

Arctic Rally - The 2009 entry list included four current or former Formula One drivers; JJ Lehto finished ninth on his tenth Arctic Rally, Kimi Räikkönen 13th on his first-ever rally competition, Mika Häkkinen 19th on his fourth outing in the event while a gearbox failure ended Mika Salo's third Arctic Rally

 

Ferrari - The drivers competing for 2009 were Felipe Massa and defending champion Kimi Räikkönen

 

Regenerative brake - On 30 August 2009, Kimi Räikkönen won the Belgian Grand Prix with his KERS equipped Ferrari


2010

After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, he competed in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011 add something

 

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 add something

 

As members of the team, the pair were scheduled to participate in 12 of 13 rallies in the 2010 WRC calendar, the exception being Rally New Zealand add something

 

But during 2010 itself, rumours emerged once again about another possible Räikkönen comeback this time with the Renault team in 2011 add something

 

In 2010 Fernando Alonso matched this achievement at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix add something

 

Toyota F1, before it pulled out of Formula One, offered Räikkönen a driving contract to replace Timo Glock in 2010 add something

 

On 3 April 2010, Räikkönen scored his first WRC points when he finished eighth in the Jordan Rally add something

 

On 18 September 2010, Räikkönen achieved his first rally win when he participated in the Rallye Vosgien 2010 in France add something

 

Ferrari - As of 2010 Fernando Alonso has started racing for Ferrari after racing for Renault, Minardi and Mclaren, filling Kimi Räikkönen's former seat

 

Citroen C4 - For the 2010 season, the team will be running a C4 WRC for Ogier and the Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen

 

Sebastien Ogier - In the 2010 season, Ogier continued in the Citroën Junior Team with the 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen as his new teammate

 

Citroen C4 WRC - Loeb and Sordo continued with the factory team into 2010, while the Junior Team ran Ogier and Kimi Räikkönen


2011

In 2011, Räikkönen founded his own Motocross World Championship team, Ice 1 Racing add something

 

In the week before the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix, several news sources reported that Räikkönen was eyeing a return to Formula One for the 2012 season with Williams F1 after he was spotted at the team's headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire add something

 

It was reported on 29 March 2011 that Räikkönen would try his hand at NASCAR starting in the Camping World Truck Series sometime in the summer of 2011 with an eye on running in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series add something

 

On 29 November 2011, it was announced that Räikkönen would be returning to Formula 1 in 2012, signing a two-year contract with Lotus add something

 

Robert Kubica - In November 2011 it was announced that Kubica would not be ready for the beginning of the season, forcing Renault, now Lotus F1, to begin the season with two other drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean

 

Lotus F1 - On 29 November 2011, the team announced that Kimi Räikkönen would race for them in 2012 as he returned from a two-year stint away from Formula One which he spent competing in the World Rally Championship; Räikkönen signed for two years with a third year option

 

Renault in Formula One - On 29 November 2011, the team confirmed that they had successfully hired Kimi Räikkönen to drive full-time in 2012

 

Vitaly Petrov - In December 2011, it was announced that Romain Grosjean would partner Kimi Räikkönen at the team in , leaving Petrov without a drive

 

Romain Grosjean - On 9 December 2011, it was announced that Grosjean would make his comeback to Formula One in 2012, taking the second seat at the newly renamed Lotus F1 Team alongside 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen


2012

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 add something

 

Räikkönen has signed a 2 year deal with Lotus starting with the 2012 Formula One season add something

 

The manufacturer of his helmet for the 2012 season is Arai add something

 

On 29 October 2012, Lotus F1 team confirmed that Räikkönen would be racing with the team in 2013 add something

 

On 4 November 2012, Räikkönen won his first race for the Lotus F1 team at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a good start from fourth saw him take Pastor Maldonado and Mark Webber at the first corner add something

 

James Hunt - During his comeback year to Formula One in 2012, 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen sported a James Hunt painted helmet during the Monaco Grand Prix

 

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - His main championship rival Fernando Alonso finished 2nd behind the Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, who won for the first time after his return to Formula One earlier in 2012

 

Romain Grosjean - In 2012, Grosjean returned to Formula One with the Lotus F1 Team, alongside Kimi Räikkönen

 

Sebastian Vettel - Vettel was able to lead for most of the race, despite coming under pressure from Kimi Räikkönen, and crossed the line in first place to take his first victory of the season; the result saw Vettel go top of the driver's standings for the first time in 2012

 

Jerome d'Ambrosio - On 24 January 2012 it was announced that d'Ambrosio would act as reserve driver for Lotus F1 ahead of the 2012 season and be present at all of the season's races along with drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean

 

The Dark Knight Rises - On July 4, 2012, the studio signed a deal with Formula One team Lotus F1 to have the film's logos appear on the Lotus E20s driven by Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean at the 2012 British Grand Prix


2013

After this race, the contract with Lotus F1 was extended for 2013 due to the fact that the terms of options in the contract have been met add something

 

The news came after several weeks of speculation that Räikkönen had several other options for 2013 including other forms of motorsport add something

 

On 17 March 2013 he won the first race of the season, the despite starting from seventh, thanks to a two-stop strategy add something

 

On 30 June 2013 at the British Grand Prix, Räikkönen finished in the points for the 25th consecutive race, breaking Schumacher's record add something

 

On 11 September 2013, it was confirmed that Räikkönen had agreed a 2-year deal to return to Ferrari for 2014, where he won the championship in 2007 add something

 

On September 11, 2013, Ferrari announced their signing of Räikkönen on a two year contract, beginning in the 2014 sporting season add something

 

Red Bull Racing - In Australia, the first race of the season, Vettel placed the new RB9 on pole position but struggled in the race finishing in 3rd place behind title rivals of 2012, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso whilst team mate Webber finished in sixth place

 

Heikki Kovalainen - On 14 November 2013 it was confirmed by the Lotus F1 Team that Kovalainen would stand in for regular driver Kimi Räikkönen as Räikkönen is having back surgery


2014

On the week following the race, it was announced that Räikkönen would not continue with Lotus for the 2014 season, and instead join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari add something

 

Scuderia Ferrari - For the 2014 season, Massa will be replaced by Kimi Räikkönen, who is returning to Ferrari after four seasons away from the team

 

Red Bull Racing - It was announced before the Italian Grand Prix that Daniel Ricciardo, the Toro Rosso driver, would replace Webber for the 2014 season, ending talk of Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen taking Webber's seat

 

Scuderia Ferrari - Massa was replaced by Kimi Räikkönen for 2014, while Alonso was retained


2015

On 28 January 2015, Virtanen gave birth to the couple's first child add something


2016

On 19 August, Ferrari announced that Räikkönen had extended his contract with the team for the 2016 season, taking his total tally with the team to six seasons spread out over a total of ten years add something

 

The two currently race for the Ferrari team in , and will continue doing so in 2016 add something

 

On 7 August 2016, Räikkönen married Virtanen in a ceremony in Siena, Italy add something


2017

In May 2017, Räikkönen became a father for the second time with the birth of his daughter add something

 

On 16 May 2017, Räikkönen became a father for the second time with the birth of his daughter add something

 

Räikkönen renewed his contract with Ferrari for the season on 22 August 2017 add something

 

Monaco Grand Prix - The fastest-ever qualifying lap was set by Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying for the 2017 Grand Prix, at 1m 12,178

 

Valtteri Bottas - He won the 2017 Russian Grand Prix on 30 April 2017, his first Grand Prix win, after jumping the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen from 3rd on the grid on the first lap, making him the fifth Finn to win a Grand Prix

 

Russian Grand Prix - The 2017 event was held on 30 April 2017, and saw Valtteri Bottas secure his first career win in Formula One, ahead of the Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkonen

 

Scuderia Ferrari - On 22 August 2017, Ferrari announced that Kimi Räikkönen had been re-signed for the 2018 season


2018

In 2018, Ferrari filed legal action on behalf of Räikkönen with Canadian authorities add something

 

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 Kimi Räikkönen had been signed on a 2 year contract for 2019 and 2020 add something

 

On 11 September 2018, Sauber announced that Raikkonen will rejoin the team for the first time since 2001, after leaving Ferrari add something

 

Scuderia Ferrari - On 11 September 2018, Ferrari announced that Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving for Sauber and Charles Leclerc along with Sebastian Vettel would be their race drivers for 2019

 

Charles Leclerc - On 11 September 2018, Leclerc was announced by Scuderia Ferrari for the season, replacing Kimi Räikkönen, who will move to Sauber

 

Sauber - On 25 September 2018, Sauber announced that Antonio Giovinazzi would swap roles with Marcus Ericsson and drive alongside Kimi Räikkönen for the 2019 season


2019

Prior to the 2019 season, Räikkönen has won 21 Grands Prix, making him the Finnish Formula One driver with the most race wins add something

 

Alfa Romeo C-SUV - At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Alfa Romeo Racing limited edition was introduced, which celebrate Alfa Romeo's legendary racing history and the entry of a new Italian driver onto the Formula 1 scene: Antonio Giovinazzi joins the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team with World Champion Kimi Räikkönen

 

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