One of F1’s last ‘playboys’ as he’s been called in the media, Raikkonen has been on the circuit for well over a decade, and with his on and off-circuit antics he’s one of the most well-known faces in the sport.
In addition to being a laid back and cool guy, he’s also calm going into races earning him the nickname of the Iceman (a name he likes so much, he got it tattooed on his arm). Currently in 10th place in the F1™ points standings, read on to learn more about this Flying Finn.
Date of Birth: 10/17/1979
Birth Place: Espoo
Nicknames: Flying Finn, Iceman
Salary: In 2009, he was listed by Forbes as the second-highest paid athlete in the world behind Tiger Woods (Source)
Trying New Things: Raikkonen had a brief stint in NASCAR, but returned shortly after to F1 (Source)
On the Track With Raikkonen: Records and Accomplishments
The Flying Finn’s career has seen his astronomical rise within the sport, wins and losses, and so much more. For his full bio visit: Kimi Raikkonen’s Official Website
In the meantime, enjoy these highlights from a career with no end in sight (at least not any time soon):
In the 2005 and 2008 seasons, he equaled Schumacher's (2004) record of 10 fastest race laps in a season.
He currently holds the third highest record for total fastest laps at 40.
In 2008, Räikkönen scored six consecutive fastest race laps, tying Alberto Ascari's record for the most consecutive fastest laps in a single season and placing him one behind Ascari's overall record of seven consecutive fastest laps (split across two seasons: six in 1952 and one in 1953).
He was the first driver to win on his Ferrari debut since Nigel Mansell (1989) Brazilian Grand Prix and the first to win, set the fastest lap and pole position on his Ferrari debut since Juan Manuel Fangio (1956) Argentine Grand Prix. His replacement Fernando Alonso also won on his Ferrari debut at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, setting the fastest lap on the way; however, Alonso qualified third.
After Schumacher's retired in 2006, Räikkönen was the highest paid driver in Formula One, with a reputed base salary of $51 m per year.
The 2007 Chinese Grand Prix saw Räikkönen give Scuderia Ferrari their 200th Formula One GP win, as well as their 600th podium (along with team-mate Felipe Massa who finished in third).
At the 2008 French Grand Prix Räikkönen gave Ferrari their 200th pole position.
Räikkönen is the second driver to win the World Championship after being third in the drivers’ standings before the final race. Giuseppe Farina, the first F1 World Champion, completed the feat in 1950. Sebastian Vettel repeated this feat in 2010.
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.
Räikkönen is the third Finnish driver to win the World Championship, after Keke Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen. He is also the most successful Finnish Formula One driver in terms of points, podium finishes and fastest laps, and shares the most wins with Mika Häkkinen.
Räikkönen holds the record for the most wins in a debut year with Ferrari with six.
Räikkönen achieved Lotus F1's first race win at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Räikkönen holds the record for the most classified finishes in a single season: 20 out of 20 in 2012.
Räikkönen holds the record for the most points finishes in a single season: 19 out of 20 in 2012.
Räikkönen holds the record (tied with Schumacher) for most fastest laps (5) at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2013).
Räikkönen holds the record for most consecutive point finishes: 27, starting with the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix and ending with the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.
See Kimi and Team Ferrari Compete for the Championship LIVE!
There’s still plenty of racing left, and plenty of opportunities for the Iceman to get add some podiums to his illustrious career. Team Ferrari is currently in third place among the teams and with double points at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix, it’s really anyone’s season still!
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