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Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi Raikkonen
Räikkönen at the 2010 Rally Bulgaria
NameKimi-Matias Räikkönen
CaptionRäikkönen at the 2010 Rally Bulgaria
Birth Date17 October 1979(age 37)
NationalityFI
Years2009 present
TeamsCitroën Junior Team, ICE 1 Racing
Races17
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Stagewins1
Points59
First Race2009 Rally Finland
Last Race2011 Rallye Deutschland

Kimi Räikkönen

Personal information
Formula One World Championship career
Active years2001 2009
TeamsSauber, McLaren, Ferrari
Races157 (156 starts)
Championships1 (2007)
Wins18
Podiums62
Career points579
Pole positions16
Fastest laps35
First race2001 Australian Grand Prix
First win2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last win2009 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Birth Date17 October 1979(age 37)
Years2001 2009
Team(s)Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari
Races157 (156 starts)
Championships1 (2007)
Wins18
Podiums62
Points579
Poles16
Fastest Laps35
First Race2001 Australian Grand Prix
First Win2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last Win2009 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Race2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (-fiˈkimi ˈmɑtiɑs ˈræikːønen; born 17 October 1979 in Espoo), nicknamed Iceman, is a Finnish racecar driver. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he took the 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Championship, he now competes in the World Rally Championship for the ICE 1 Racing team.

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, resulting in many pundits speculating that without the problems, he would have already been World Champion.

Räikkönen switched 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.

Räikkönen is known to be very relaxed, calm, cool, and calculating in his everyday life as well as in his racing career-prompting the nickname "Iceman", which Räikkönen has tattooed on the underside of his left forearm and which is also subtly written on the side of his current helmet design.

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.


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