Kimi Räikkönen is a man of few words. So don’t ask.
One thing is certain, though. He was born to race and from his very first time in a pedal kart at the tender age of three, his passion for going fast was apparent.
The Finn’s rise to becoming one of Formula One’s most revered World Champions was legendary in itself. His ascendance directly onto the Formula Renault team following a successful run in the Finnish Karting circuit was stunning – topped off with a winter series triumph to boot.
After two victories, two poles and a couple of fastest laps in the European Formula Renault circuit, he quickly found himself landing in F1, taking a spot on the Sauber F1 team and finishing 10th in the drivers’ championship with ten top-ten qualifying runs in his inaugural campaign.
It didn’t take long for a team like McLaren to come calling. With his first Grand Prix triumph coming in 2003 with ten podium results, he finished as a runner-up in the drivers’ championship. But despite a couple of solid seasons with the team, what he had simply wasn’t enough.
To be the best, he had to join the best. Signing a deal in 2007 with Scuderia Ferrari, the most illustrious name in Formula One – the naturally gifted racer claimed his first drivers’ triumph with the ‘Prancing Horse.’
Leaving the sport briefly to dabble with one of his other passions, Rally Racing, in 2010 and 2011, he eventually made his return to Formula 1 on team Lotus. Two years later, the Finnish star announced his return to Scuderia Ferrari, joining fellow Oakley driver Fernando Alonso on a dream team of sorts.
Keep your eye on Kimi as he embarks on a new quest to claim more glory under the Prancing Horse.
- 2007 - Formula 1 World Champion
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