KIMI'S A TO Z
A word that has not frequently been attributed to Kimi’s appearances in press conferences.
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.
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).
On 31 July 2004 Kimi Matias Räikkönen married Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model and former Miss Scandinavia.
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).
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).
After two seasons in the WRC, Kimi’s going to need to work on his neck to withstand F1’s cornering forces.
Home of Kimi’s first F1 team, Sauber.
The Finn has the word Iceman emblazoned on his crash helmet. He’s cool, you see…
Another F1 world champion who has offered Kimi both inspiration and a pseudonym for races in both snowmobiles and powerboats.
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.
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.
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).
This was the margin by which Kimi took the 2007 F1 world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Kimi has taken a total of 16 F1 pole positions, the latest at Magny-Cours in 2008.
Anything HM can do… In 2008 Kimi appeared on a set of Finnish postage stamps.
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.
The Iceman is fond of anything freezing and white – with snowmobiles, snowboards and ice hockey among his favourite pastimes.
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.
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.
We learned from Kimi’s NASCAR pit-to-car radio conversations that we should make sure he has enough in his drinks bottle…
Yacht: Kimi is a big fan of yachting.
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.