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Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi at the 2004 UK Grand Prix
Kimi Räikkönen
Car number 3
Team Scuderia Ferrari
Races 87
Championships 0
Wins 9
Podiums 27
Poles 8
Fastest laps 16
First race 2001 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last season 2005
Last position 2nd (94 pts)


Kimi Matias Räikkönen (pronounced /ˈki.mi ˈmɑ.ti.ɑs ˈræik.kø.nen/) (born October 17, 1979 in Espoo, Finland) is a race car driver, currently driving for Scuderia Ferrari. He is the reigning Formula One World Drivers' Champion.

He initially entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001 after having reached previous success only in inferior open-wheel categories he was given his Super License from FIA after a performance deliver promise from his team boss. Heading to McLaren Mercedes in 2002 he was nicknamed Iceman and began to be recognized as a title contender by marginally losing the 2003 and 2005 championships to Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso respectively.

Switching to Ferrari in 2007 he became the highest paid driver in the sport, securing his first Formula One World Drivers' Championship from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in a closely contested Formula One season.

Career

Early career (until 2000)

Räikkönen had a long line of success in karting from the age of ten. His first race outside his home country was in Monaco when he was 15 years old. His steering wheel broke during the race and he informed his mechanic about the problem by waving the steering wheel in the air on the home straight. Räikkönen's next Monaco race was also memorable as he was thrown on the wrong side of the safety fence in a first lap collision, but continued driving there until running out of road and lifting his kart back on the race track. His mechanic thought Räikkönen had retired, but he eventually caught up with the other competitors and finished third. In 1999, Räikkönen placed second in the European Formula Super A championship. He also competed that year in the Formula Ford Euro Cup, and by the age of twenty, he had won the British Formula Renault Winter series, winning the first four races of the year. In 2000, he won seven of ten events in the Formula Renault UK Championship. After racing in the Formula Renault series later in 2000, Räikkönen had won 13 of 23 events — a 56% win rate.

Sauber – entry into Formula One (2001)

On the basis of these results, Peter Sauber gave the Finn a test with the Sauber Formula One team in September of 2000. After further tests in Jerez and Barcelona, Sauber signed Räikkönen for the 2001 season. However, some critics (including FIA president Max Mosley) voiced concerns over granting an F1 superlicence to such an inexperienced driver, having only 23 car races to his credit. He was nevertheless granted one and scored a championship point in the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, his maiden Grand Prix. Räikkönen was asleep 20 minutes before his first F1 GP. (It is said that he loves to sleep - so much so that he needs to be woken up before qualifying and races.

Räikkönen is very calm, cool, and calculating in his race strategy - prompting the nickname "Iceman", which is subtly written on the side of his current helmet design. His other nicknames include Kimppa, Räikkä and Kimster (used by his mechanics). Some Finns jokingly call him "Räkä", meaning snot in Finnish. This nickname was derived from "Häkä" (carbon monoxide in Finnish), the nickname of Mika Häkkinen. He had a solid debut year, achieving four points-scoring finishes and eight finishes in the top eight. Completing the year with 9 points, Räikkönen, along with teammate Nick Heidfeld, helped Team Sauber to its highest ever result: fourth place in the constructors championship.

McLaren (2002–2006)

Räikkönen, long linked to Sauber's engine supplier Ferrari, instead sufficiently impressed McLaren, earning a race seat in Ron Dennis's team for 2002, taking the seat left vacant by double-world champion (and fellow Finn) Mika Häkkinen's retirement.

2002

Kimi Räikkönen, United States GP, 2002.

Räikkönen scored a third-place podium finish in his first race with McLaren, the 2002 Australian Grand Prix. Although McLaren suffered many Mercedes engine failures in 2002, he scored 24 points and four podiums, and held his own against teammate David Coulthard. Räikkönen came close to winning his first Grand Prix in Magny-Cours, France, but went off track due to oil from the blown engine of Allan McNish's Toyota on the circuit with a handful of laps to go. He finished the race second. He finished the season in sixth place, one place behind his team mate; Together they achieved a solid third place for McLaren in the constructors' championship.

2003

At the opening Australian Grand Prix Räikkönen qualified 15th in the spare car. In the race he took the lead before being caught speeding in the pitlane, after a software glitch in the car's electronic system. Räikkönen held off Michael Schumacher to finish 3rd. It was in Malaysia, where Räikkönen won his first race after starting from 7th on the grid. During the next round in Brazil, Räikkönen was declared the winner after the race was stopped on lap 55. According to rules the winner is decided by the race order as of two laps before the race stopped, i.e. lap 53. However a week later, evidence emerged that Giancarlo Fisichella was on lap 56 when the race stopped, therefore the winner was decided by the order at lap 54. This granted the win to Fisichella, with Räikkönen 2nd.

As other teams improved their cars, McLaren, who were still using the 2002 chassis, began to falter in terms of race speed. However, Räikkönen finished 2nd at Imola. At the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain, Räikkönen made a mistake in qualifying and had to start from the back of the grid, and at the start, he collided with Antônio Pizzonia, who was stuck on his grid position due to a launch control problem, causing Räikkönen to retire from the race.

The next few races came down more to strategy rather than speed. Whilst having understeering problems Räikkönen defended his 2nd position from Rubens Barrichello in Austria. He came extremely close to winning at the Monaco, but lost by less than a second to Juan Pablo Montoya. Starting from the pitlane in Canada after he went off track during qualifying with understeer, Räikkönen finished 6th, more than a minute adrift of race winner Michael Schumacher.

Räikkönen at the 2003 French Grand Prix.

At the European Grand Prix, Räikkönen took pole, and controlled the race from the start until his engine failed on lap 25. Title rival Michael Schumacher finished 5th taking 4 points advantage from Räikkönen. Räikkönen finished 4th in France behind Schumacher but finished one point ahead of him with a 3rd place finish at the British Grand Prix. Räikkönen failed to finish the German Grand Prix after being involved in an accident at the first corner with Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Räikkönen finished 2nd at the next race, the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Prior to the Italian GP the FIA were tipped-off by rivals Ferrari about a tyre-illegality in the Michelin compounds. Michelin were forced to bring in other tyre compounds and it seemed as if they had lost the advantage they had been enjoying over Bridgestone all season. McLaren also announced that they would see out the season with old MP4-17D chassis and would not bring out the MP4-18 as had been announced earlier. Räikkönen eventually finished 4th in the race, losing five championship points to race winner Michael Schumacher.

Räikkönen took pole at the US GP, but Michael Schumacher won the race with Räikkönen finishing 2nd. With one race to go, Schumacher only needed one point to win the championship. Räikkönen would need to win the next race with Schumacher not scoring any points. After qualifying 8th in Japan, Räikkönen finished 2nd while Michael Schumacher just slipped into the points to win his 6th World Championship. Montoya's retirement during the race also meant that Räikkönen finished 2nd in the championship, just two points behind Schumacher. The team also narrowly lost second place in the constructors' championship, finishing third, two points behind runners-up Williams, and 12 points behind Ferrari. Mathematically, Williams or McLaren could have won the championship at the very last race. Season 2003 was one of the closest in recent years.

2004

The 2004 season began with Räikkönen only claiming a single point in the first seven races. His McLaren, especially the Mercedes engine, suffered repeated breakdowns, allowing him to complete just two of the first seven events. After seven rounds Räikkönen had only one point to Michael Schumacher's 60. In Canada, Räikkönen made 5 pit-stops but was classified 5th since the Williams-BMWs and the two Toyotas were disqualified. At the US GP Räikkönen finished 6th.

At the French GP, McLaren rolled out the new MP4-19B. Räikkönen finished 7th behind his team-mate David Coulthard. At Silverstone Räikkönen took pole and went on to finish second to Michael Schumacher. Following on from this encouraging display, the McLarens locked the 2nd row of the grid at Hockenheim, Germany. Both cars got off to a good start, however Räikkönen lost his rear wing on lap 13 of the race while following race leader Michael Schumacher. He would retire again from the Hungarian GP after starting from 10th place on the grid, again on lap 13. At the Belgian Grand Prix Räikkönen qualified 10th, but took the lead on lap 11 and held on to it to take McLaren's first and only win of the season. The next weekend at Monza Räikkönen again retired on lap 13, this time due to electrical problems. At the next race in China he finished 3rd, only 1.4 seconds behind race winner Rubens Barrichello.

At Japan, Räikkönen was shunted by Felipe Massa on the first lap of the race, which caused him handling problems. He later managed to make up some ground: finishing 6th, 2.5 seconds behind Alonso. At Brazil, he overtook pole sitter Barrichello, even before they had reached Curva De Sol. Räikkönen later battled Montoya for the lead and finished 1 second behind him in 2nd. Räikkönen ended the year seventh, with 45 points, only one behind sixth placed Jarno Trulli, and four podiums.

Despite the disappointment of the 2004 season, Räikkönen was still seen as one of the rising stars of the sport, along with Renault's Alonso and 2005 McLaren teammate Montoya. Many pundits predicted 2005 to be filled with great on-track battles from a resurgent team. He was also referred to by Ross Brawn and Jean Todt as a driver whom Ferrari might consider in the future. In early November 2004, Räikkönen announced his intention to create a racing team with his manager Steve Robertson, to be entitled Räikkönen Robertson Racing (otherwise known as "Double R"), which would compete in Formula 3 in 2005.

2005

Räikkönen at the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix.

Räikkönen's start to the 2005 season season was less than perfect. The car was reported to be too soft on its Michelin tyres, with the result that it wasn't generating enough heat to post competitive qualifying times. The best qualifying position that a McLaren driver could manage in the first 3 races was 6th. Räikkönen compounded this by stalling on the grid of the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, and ending the race with just a point. He looked set for a podium in Malaysia until a faulty tyre valve failed and dropped him out of the points. Bahrain saw him get his first podium of the season.

Räikkönen then achieved three consecutive poles at San Marino, Barcelona and Monte Carlo. An almost certain win was denied at Imola after a driveshaft failure, but he won the other two races, putting him within 22 points of leader Alonso. At the European Grand Prix, Räikkönen flat-spotted his right front tyre while lapping Jacques Villeneuve (some commentators put a share of the blame on Villeneuve, as he did not give Räikkönen the racing line). The resultant vibrations caused his suspension to fail while he led on the final lap, and sending him into the tyre wall and handing a further ten points to his rival Alonso. Changing a tyre would have given him a relatively safe third place. However, tyre changes were only allowed in 2005 in cases where a "punctured or damaged tyre" could be changed for "clear and genuine safety reasons" and there was no precedent for whether the stewards would consider a flat-spotted tyre dangerous enough. This incident, in part, resulted in a rules clarification allowing teams to change a flat-spotted tyre without punishment.

Alonso's first major mistake of the 2005 season handed the Canadian Grand Prix to Räikkönen. The following weekend saw all the Michelin teams, including McLaren, withdraw from the United States Grand Prix due to safety concerns. At the French Grand Prix Räikkönen suffered a ten-place grid-penalty following the replacement of his new specification Mercedes Benz engine which failed in Friday practice. Räikkönen, putting in what Ron Dennis would call his best ever qualifying lap, qualified 3rd (demoted to 13th) with a significant fuel load. He finished 2nd behind Fernando Alonso. A week later at the British Grand Prix Räikkönen suffered another Mercedes engine failure due to an oil leak; his 2nd place qualifying place became 12th. He claimed 3rd place in the race.

In the German Grand Prix Räikkönen was comfortably in the lead having dominated all weekend, but suffered a hydraulics failure, handing victory and a further 10 points to Alonso. It was his third retirement while leading a race during the season. On all 3 occasions, it was championship rival Alonso who took advantage to win. Significantly, at the opening of the Hungarian Grand Prix, though saying he was very comfortable at McLaren, Räikkönen raised the possibility that he may leave McLaren when his contract expired in 2006 if reliability issues were not solved. He told a news conference, "We need to work in a better way just to make sure that the car is very reliable." However he went on to take the chequered flag with a convincing victory over Michael Schumacher.

Räikkönen also achieved an impressive statistic at the Hungarian Grand Prix by managing to win the race from the most handicapped qualifying position, having had to do his qualifying run first on the notoriously dusty and dirty track due to his early retirement a week earlier at Hockenheim. No other driver had previously managed this feat under the controversial grid qualification system which significantly penalised those who retire from a race. Räikkönen then became the first ever winner of the Turkish Grand Prix. Two weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix, Räikkönen's pole position was taken from him as he received another 10-position grid penalty for an engine change. It would emerge that he had 5 laps of fuel more than teammate Montoya and 6 more than Alonso during qualifying - and still managed to outpace them. Just when it looked like McLaren had pulled off a strategic coup with Räikkönen on a one-stop strategy, his left-rear tyre delaminated, and was forced to take an extra stop to change the tyre. He dropped down to 12th. He recovered, but spun his car after pushing too hard chasing the 3rd placed driver. He eventually finished fourth.

He went on to win, for the second year in a row, at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The following race (the Brazilian Grand Prix) saw Alonso clinch the Drivers' Championship, after finishing third behind Montoya and Räikkönen. In the penultimate race of the year, at the Suzuka circuit in Japan, Räikkönen produced arguably the best drive of his career, taking his 7th victory of the season after starting 20th on the grid (as rain, and an engine failure for Räikkönen, had mixed up the qualifying grid). The win was secured when he overtook Renault driver Fisichella (who had started third on the grid, and had led most of the race) on the final lap - which Formula One journalist Peter Windsor thought the most impressive move of the race.

Räikkönen received the F1 Racing "Driver of the Year" accolade, and the Autosport "International Racing Driver of the Year" award.

2006

Räikkönen testing for McLaren at Valencia in early 2006.

In Bahrain, Räikkönen suffered electronic problems during Friday practice and a rear suspension break during the first qualifying session, which forced him back to 22nd place on the grid. Nevertheless he drove through the field, ending third behind Alonso and Michael Schumacher. In Malaysia, Räikkönen was hit from behind by Red Bull Racing's Christian Klien on the very first lap. The impact caused a left rear suspension failure resulting in Räikkönen retiring from the race.

Having started the year clearly behind Renault, McLaren improved in Australia, where Räikkönen finished second after flat spotting a tyre and losing a wing end-plate, causing him to fall off the pace somewhat around the midpoint of the race. Chasing down Alonso during the final stages of the race, he did however achieve the fastest lap of the race on the final lap, finishing only 1.8 seconds behind the Spaniard. At the San Marino Grand Prix a bad choice of strategy and a mistake from Räikkönen in qualifying (8th) saw the McLarens get caught in traffic in the early part of the race allowing Michael Schumacher and Alonso to get away at the front. Räikkönen eventually finished 5th, with team mate Montoya ahead in 3rd place. McLaren team boss Ron Dennis blamed Kimi Räikkönen's poor performance for the team's failure to finish in the top two in the race.

Räikkönen testing for McLaren at Silverstone in April 2006.

At the Spanish Grand Prix Räikkönen qualified 9th. However at the start Räikkönen managed to get up to 5th place on the first lap. He retained this position for most of the race, finishing 5th place. A few days after the Spanish Grand Prix, he admitted that he had no chance of winning the 2006 Championship. In Monte Carlo, Räikkönen qualified third. During the race he would get up to 2nd and keep pace with Alonso, however he retired during a safety car period after a failed heat shield led to heat from the exhaust causing a wiring loom inside the car to catch fire.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone saw Räikkönen qualify second behind Alonso and in front of Michael Schumacher. The running order was Alonso, Räikkönen, Schumacher until the second set of pitstops where Räikkönen was demoted to third by Schumacher, a position he held until the end of the race. At Canada, Räikkönen achieved another podium. In the United States Grand Prix, his teammate punted him out in an expensive seven car accident. The 2006 French Grand Prix saw Räikkönen qualify his car in sixth. His teammate was now former test driver Pedro de la Rosa in place of Montoya. Räikkönen ended the race in fifth. In Germany Räikkönen qualified on pole. After a battle with Button, he finished the race for the first time in his career, ending in third place. Another pole came in Hungary but he collided with Vitantonio Liuzzi after 25 laps, causing his fourth retirement of the season.

A first turn incident with Scott Speed at the Turkish Grand Prix led to an exploded tyre and suspension damage. After a tyre change, Räikkönen's race ended half way into the next lap when he ran into the barricade at turn 4. Räikkönen qualified on pole for the Italian Grand Prix, snatching pole from Michael Schumacher by 2 thousandths of a second right at the end of qualifying. He led the early part of the race until the first pitstops where he was passed by Schumacher. He stayed in second place for the rest of the race. After the race Schumacher announced that he was retiring. Later Ferrari announced that he would be replaced in the 2007 season by Räikkönen.

The Chinese Grand Prix saw another retirement for Räikkönen due to engine problems. His last two Grands Prix, those of Japan and Brazil, did lead to 2 finishes, but twice missed the podium. After Brazilian Grand Prix he ended his McLaren-Mercedes era with a fifth place in the World Drivers' Championship, with McLaren placing third in the World Constructors' Championship at the end of a winless year.

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.

Ferrari (2007—present)

Räikkönen won his third race of 2007 at Silverstone.

After the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari announced that Räikkönen had signed a three-year contract with Scuderia Ferrari for the 2007-2009 seasons. Räikkönen said after the move that he was very happy with this change of events but wished McLaren the best of luck in the future. He became the team mate to Brazilian Felipe Massa, who had been driving for Ferrari since 2006. As such, Räikkönen got the number 6 car while Massa inherited Schumacher's #5. Following the retirement of Michael Schumacher and his new deal with Ferrari, Räikkönen is estimated to be the highest paid driver in F1, with a base salary reportedly worth US $51M annually.

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. This was the first time in his career that he had managed the hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and race victory. At the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix Räikkönen was passed by Lewis Hamilton at the start and remained behind him for the rest of the race, finishing third. In the Bahrain Grand Prix, Räikkönen started from third but was passed by McLaren driver Fernando Alonso. He eventually regained 3rd position from Alonso and finished the race 3rd. At the Spanish Grand Prix Räikkönen retired after only 10 laps with an electrical problem. This took him down to fourth position in the championship behind team-mate Felipe Massa. In qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix Räikkönen struck a barrier and broke his right front suspension. He started 16th and finished 8th.

Räikkönen at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, where he won on his debut for Ferrari

In Canada Räikkönen qualified fourth and finished fifth after battling with Alonso for the place, until the final safety car intervention came and Alonso lost his grip and was overtaken by Takuma Sato in the final corner. Räikkönen's team-mate Massa was disqualified.

At the United States Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified fourth and finished fourth where he recorded fastest lap of the race. At the moment after the race, Räikkönen was 26 points behind Lewis Hamilton, the championship point leader at the moment, in the Drivers' Championship.

In France Räikkönen qualified third, but overtook Lewis Hamilton at the first corner of the race. He subsequently ran second, behind team-mate Felipe Massa, for much of the Grand Prix, but overtook the Brazilian via the pit-stops and took his second victory of the season. This was the 11th victory of his Formula One career, as well as Ferrari's first 1-2 win of the 2007 season.

At the British Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified in second place, just missing the pole due to running wide in the last corner. In the race, Räikkönen again took the lead through pit stops, first overtaking Lewis Hamilton midway through the race and then putting in fast laps as Fernando Alonso pitted for the second time in the closing stages, thus overtaking Alonso and maintaining lead of the race until the end. He also set the fastest lap of the race.

At the European Grand Prix he captured his second pole position of the season, but on race day he retired on lap 35 because of a problem with the hydraulics of the car. In Hungary, he qualified his car in 4th place, but started from 3rd after Alonso was given a penalty. In the race Räikkönen overtook Nick Heidfeld at the start and pressured Lewis Hamilton until the end of the race, but had to settle for 2nd. Also, he set the fastest lap time at the last lap of the race which is an unexpected situation for most of the GP's. He said to the press after the race, "I was so bored behind Hamilton, I wanted to see how quick I could have been."

Räikkönen at Spa, where he won his fourth race of the year.

In Turkey he qualified his car in 3rd place after being the fastest man at the track in the practice sessions. He missed pole position after making a mistake in the final sector of his fast lap. On race day he overtook Lewis Hamilton in the first corner of the race and took 2nd place, he kept this place to the end of the race. He also set the fastest lap at 1.27.295 because he was getting "a bit bored," while his teammate Felipe Massa was seven tenths slower but took the victory. This was Ferrari's 2nd 1-2 victory of the season after the French GP.

At Monza's third practice session, Räikkönen dramatically crashed into the tyre wall before entering the Ascari chicane. He qualified in 5th place, and raced in the Ferrari T-car. In the race he overtook Nick Heidfeld off the start to gain 4th place. After Felipe Massa's retirement he was promoted into 3rd place. Ferrari's surprise for the race was one-stop strategy for Räikkönen which is unusual for competitive teams. The strategy worked and he passed Hamilton after his 2nd stop, but he could not defend himself against Hamilton and was passed by the Briton, the situation not helped by a neck problem he sustained from the crash. His used harder tyres were disadvantageous against Hamilton's fresh softer tyres. He finished 3rd, Hamilton 2nd and Alonso 1st. The Ferraris just didn't have any answer to the McLarens' pace the whole race weekend. Thought the season remained only four races at this moment, Räikkönen was still 18 points behind Hamilton.

At Spa-Francorchamps Räikkönen dominated Friday 1st and Saturday practice sessions by setting the fastest laps. On his favourite circuit he secured his third pole position of the season and the 14th of his F1 career after he beat Massa by 0.017 seconds and Alonso by 0.097 seconds. After a clean start, he controlled the race by creating a five-second gap over Massa and almost 20 seconds over the McLarens. He thus took his fourth victory of the season. Massa finished 2nd, Alonso 3rd and Hamilton 4th. This was also Räikkönen's third consecutive Spa win, which placed him among six other drivers with three or more Spa wins.

At the Fuji Speedway, the only new track of 2007 calendar, Räikkönen topped the timesheets of the Friday 1st free practice sessions. He qualified 3rd while Hamilton snatched pole and Alonso 2nd. In an extremely wet race, which saw the first 19 laps run behind the safety car, both Räikkönen and team-mate Massa were badly affected by having to change to extreme wet tyres during the early stages, due to the FIA's tyre-rule notification arriving late at Ferrari. Towards the end of the race, Räikkönen moved strongly through the field to 3rd but could not pass Heikki Kovalainen for 2nd.

At the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, Räikkönen dominated the whole weekend with fastest laps in the free practice sessions. In qualifying, Lewis Hamilton snatched pole with a lighter fuel load, while Räikkönen qualified second and Massa third. Come Sunday, there was light rainfall at the beginning of the race which prompted the cars to start on intermediate tyres. After the first round of pit stops, Hamilton lost grip as his tyres suffered graining, and Räikkönen overtook him. Hamilton retired after sliding into a gravel trap in the pit lane. From there, Räikkönen took his fifth win of the season which revived his title hopes before the last race of the season. This was also the 200th race win and 600th podium in Ferrari's Formula 1 history. Räikkönen remained an outside chance for the title, sitting seven and three points behind Hamilton and Alonso respectively going into the last race in Brazil, the first three way last race title battle since 1986.

Räikkönen celebrating victory at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Räikkönen took the 2007 Formula One Drivers' title with a victory at Interlagos in an incident packed race, winning the title with 110 points. Championship leader Hamilton accidently pressed the button used for the starting sequence in his car had to reinitialize the system, that is, reload the gearbox management program and lost about 30 seconds during the first stint,he eventually finished the race in seventh place and Alonso, the reigning champion, finished the season with 109 points each, claiming second and third place respectively. However, race stewards began an investigation after identifying possible fuel irregularities from the cars of Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld following post-race inspection. Their disqualification would have seen Lewis Hamilton lifted from seventh to fourth in the race result. However, after a meeting between race stewards and representatives from the offending teams, it was decided that no sanctions would be taken, meaning the results would stand, with Räikkönen winning the 2007 Driver's Championship, pending an appeal by McLaren.

Personal life

Räikkönen married Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model and former Miss Scandinavia, on 31 July 2004. They currently live in Switzerland. His brother, Rami Räikkönen, is a rally driver and a national junior-class champion.

Räikkönen's hobbies include snowboarding and ice hockey. He has also competed in several different kinds of motorsport events. In March 2007, while his Formula One rivals were in Australia preparing for the season opener, Räikkönen competed in a snowmobile race in Finland under the pseudonym "James Hunt", referring to the 1976 world champion whom Räikkönen admires and whose "playboy" lifestyle has drawn comparisons to him. Räikkönen won the Enduro Sprint race by over 20 seconds with his Lynx MaMo. Later in the year, he entered a powerboat race with his friends, and competed in a gorilla suit, again under the name "James Hunt".

Results and records

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1999 European Formula Ford  ? 2  ?  ?  ? 5th
Formula Ford Festival Continental Racing Van Diemen 1 0 0 N/A NC
Formula Renault 2000 UK Winter Championship Manor Motorsport 4  ? 4  ? 1st
Formula Renault 2000 UK Haywood Racing 4 0 0  ?  ?
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup  ? 2 2 2 62 7th
Formula Renault 2000 UK Manor Motorsport 10 6 7 316 1st
2001 Formula One Sauber 17 0 0 9 10th
2002 Formula One McLaren 17 0 0 24 6th
2003 Formula One McLaren 16 2 1 91 2nd
2004 Formula One McLaren 18 1 1 45 7th
2005 Formula One McLaren 19 5 7 112 2nd
2006 Formula One McLaren 18 3 0 65 5th
2007 Formula One Ferrari 17 3 6 110 1st
2008 Formula One Ferrari 18 2 2 75 3rd

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2001 Sauber Petronas Sauber C20 Petronas 01A 3.0 V10 AUS
6
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
8
AUT
4
MON
10
CAN
4
EUR
10
FRA
7
GBR
5
GER
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
10th 9
2002 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes FO 110M 3.0 V10 AUS
3
MAL
Ret
BRA
12
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
4
EUR
3
GBR
Ret
FRA
2
GER
Ret
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
3
6th 24
2003 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110M/P 3.0 V10 AUS
3
MAL
1
BRA
2
SMR
2
ESP
Ret
AUT
2
MON
2
CAN
6
EUR
Ret
FRA
4
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
2
ITA
4
USA
2
JPN
2
2nd 91
2004 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19 Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
11
MON
Ret
EUR
Ret
CAN
5
USA
6
7th 45
McLaren MP4-19B FRA
7
GBR
2
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
1
ITA
Ret
CHN
3
JPN
6
BRA
2
2005 Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 V10 AUS
8
MAL
9
BHR
3
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
MON
1
EUR
11
CAN
1
USA
DNS
FRA
2
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
1
TUR
1
ITA
4
BEL
1
BRA
2
JPN
1
CHN
2
2nd 112
2006 Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 V8 BHR
3
MAL
Ret
AUS
2
SMR
5
EUR
4
ESP
5
MON
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GBR
3
CAN
3
USA
Ret
FRA
5
GER
3
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
2
CHN
Ret
JPN
5
BRA
5
5th 65
2007 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
1
MAL
3
BHR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
8
CAN
5
USA
4
FRA
1
GBR
1
EUR
Ret
HUN
2
TUR
2
ITA
3
BEL
1
JPN
3
CHN
1
BRA
1
1st 110
2008 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
8
MAL
1
BHR
2
ESP
1
TUR
3
MON
9
CAN
Ret
FRA
2
GBR
4
GER
6
HUN
3
EUR
Ret
BEL
18
ITA
9
SIN
15
JPN
3
CHN
3
BRA
3
3rd 75


Formula One records

Räikkönen's helmet as used during the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Räikkönen holds the joint record of 7 wins in a single season without winning the World Title (2005), shared with four time World Champion Alain Prost, who initially set the record in 1984 and matched it in 1988, and also with Michael Schumacher, in 2006.
  • In the 2005 season, he also equalled Michael Schumacher's record of 10 fastest race laps in a season, set in 2004.
  • He currently holds the fifth highest record for total fastest laps at 25 (jointly with Mika Häkkinen), thus making him the highest ranked driver still active. (Up to and including the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix)
  • He is the first driver to win on his Ferrari debut since Nigel Mansell at the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix and the first to win, set the fastest lap and Pole Position on his Ferrari debut since Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • He is currently the highest paid driver in Formula One.
  • At the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix, Räikkönen gave Ferrari the Scuderia's 200th win, as well as their 600th podium (along with Felipe Massa finishing in 3rd).
  • Räikkönen became the 2nd driver to win the World Championship from being third in the drivers standings before the final race. Giuseppe Farina, the first F1 World Champion, was the first to do this in 1950, beating Juan Manuel Fangio by three points and Luigi Fagioli by six points. In 1986 we saw a threeway battle of the championship between Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, and Alain Prost at the final race. Prost was second in the standings before the last race, having equalled 4 wins with Piquet, but had 4 second places to Piquet's 3. Prost won the championship.
  • Räikkönen is the third Ferrari driver after Juan Manuel Fangio and Jody Scheckter to win the world title in their first year with the team.


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<center>Constructors and drivers competing in the 2007 Formula One championship
McLaren Renault Ferrari Honda BMW Toyota Red Bull Williams Toro Rosso Spyker Super Aguri
Alonso
Hamilton
Fisichella
Kovalainen
Massa
Räikkönen
Button
Barrichello
Heidfeld
10 Kubica
11 Schumacher
12 Trulli
14 Coulthard
15 Webber
16 Rosberg
17 Wurz
18 Liuzzi
19 Speed
20 Albers
21 Sutil
22 Sato
23 Davidson


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Personnel:
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
Formula One cars:
125 | 275 | 340 | 375 | 500 | 553 | 625 | 555 | D50 | 801 | 412 | 246 | 256 | 156 | 158 | 1512 | 312 | 312B | 312T | 126C | 156/85 | F1/86 | F1/87 | 640 | 641 | 642 | 643 | F92A | F93A | 412T | F310 | F310B | F300 | F399 | F1-2000 | F2001 | F2002 | F2002B | F2003-GA | F2004 | F2004M | F2005 | 248 | F2007 | F2008 | F60 | F10 | 150° Italia | F2012