KIMI'S A TO Z

ANIMATED:
A word that has not frequently been attributed to Kimi’s appearances in press conferences.
BELGIUM:
The Finn has won the Belgian Grand Prix more than any other race – with a total of four victories from his last five visits to Spa.
CHAMPION:
Kimi made his F1 bow testing a Sauber in 2000 at Italy’s Mugello circuit. The only other driver on track, Michael Schumacher, saw enough to correctly declare him a future champion (see O).
DAHLMAN:
On 31 July 2004 Kimi Matias Räikkönen married Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model and former Miss Scandinavia.
EiIGHTEEN:
Kimi has a total of 18 grand prix victories from his F1 career so far. The first came at Sepang in 2003, the most recent at Spa in 2009 (see L).
FASTEST LAPS:
Kimi has an enviable total of 35 fastest laps, which places him third on the all-time list behind only Michael Schumacher (76) and Alain Prost (41).
G FORCES:
After two seasons in the WRC, Kimi’s going to need to work on his neck to withstand F1’s cornering forces.
HINWIL:
Home of Kimi’s first F1 team, Sauber.
ICEMAN:
The Finn has the word Iceman emblazoned on his crash helmet. He’s cool, you see…
JAMES HUNT:
Another F1 world champion who has offered Kimi both inspiration and a pseudonym for races in both snowmobiles and powerboats.
KARTING:
Kimi owned his first kart when he was eight years old. He started competing in 1988 and went on to take the Nordic Championship a decade later.
LAST LAP:
The Finn produced perhaps his greatest victory at Suzuka in 2005 from 17th on the grid, storming through the field to pass Giancarlo Fisichella on lap 53 of 53.
MOTOCROSS:
Kimi founded his own Motocross World Championship team, Ice 1 Racing.
NASCAR: Kimi has also ventured into racing in the United States, making his debut in the Camping World Truck Series last year (see X).
ONE POINT:
This was the margin by which Kimi took the 2007 F1 world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
POLE:
Kimi has taken a total of 16 F1 pole positions, the latest at Magny-Cours in 2008.
QUEEN:
Anything HM can do… In 2008 Kimi appeared on a set of Finnish postage stamps.
RENAULT:
Most of Kimi’s pre-F1 experience came in Formula Renault. He won the 2000 title with seven wins and ten podiums from ten races.
SNOW:
The Iceman is fond of anything freezing and white – with snowmobiles, snowboards and ice hockey among his favourite pastimes.
TWENTY-THREE:
Kimi famously only had a total of 23 car races in his life before he made his F1. He won 13 of them…
Unique style: No-one else dresses quite like Kimi in F1.
VICTORY:
Winning the 2007 World Championship.
WRC: Kimi has a total of 59 points from his time in the World Rally Championship. He also has a stage victory to his name from the 2010 Rallye Deutschland.
X-RATED:
We learned from Kimi’s NASCAR pit-to-car radio conversations that we should make sure he has enough in his drinks bottle…
YACHT:
Yacht: Kimi is a big fan of yachting.
ZZZZZZ:
At his first F1 race at Melbourne in 2001, Kimi surprised all by being relaxed enough to have a nap half an hour before going to the grid. He went on to score a point for 6th place and the Iceman was born.