Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (Espoo, October 17, 1979 -), nicknamed Iceman, is a 2007 Formula One World Champion. In addition to his championship title, he won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2003 and 2005, and a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2008, 2012 and 2018. With 103 podium finishes, he was one of the few pilots to stand on the podium more than a hundred times. With 21 race wins, it is the most successful Finnish driver in Formula 1 history and the only rider to win the V10, V8 and V6 turbo cars in the sport. In 2021, he announced his retirement. He made his debut in the colors of the Sauber team in 2001, having previously competed in only 23 car races. He joined the McLaren team in 2002, where he fought twice for the world title. It couldn’t be really successful in those years because of the unreliability of the cars, so in 2007 it was certified for Ferrari. That same year, with just one point difference, he won the world title as a laughing third.
He competed in the World Rally Championship from 2010 and returned to Formula One in 2012 as a competitor for the Lotus F1 Team. He managed to get on the podium several times, and in Abu Dhabi his team also won his first victory. In 2014, he confirmed to Ferrari. It was announced in 2018 that his contract at Ferrari would not be renewed, so he became an Alfa Romeo pilot from the 2019 race season. He announced his final retirement in September 2021. He is famous for his calm nature, frosty humor, and the fact that he doesn’t really like attending PR events. With a record set during the 2020 Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix, he became the driver who raced in most races.
Before Formula 1
He was born in Espoo, Finland. He started go-karting at the age of nine. In 1988 he took part in some Finnish youth races in classes A, B and C and reaped his first victories. In 1991 he competed in the mini series of the Finnish Karting Championship, in 1992 in the junior class of the Finnish Rocket Karting Championship. He finished ninth in the same series in 1993 and second in 1994. From 1995 he competed in Class A of the Finnish Go-Kart Championship, where he finished fourth in 1996. In 1996, he also competed in the European Go-Kart Championship, the World Championships and the Nordic Championships.
In 1997, he won Class A of the Finnish Go-Kart Championship and finished fourth in Class A of the Nordic Go-Kart Championship. He also participated in the World Championships in Class A. In 1998 he again won Class A of the Finnish Go-Kart Championship and also won Class A of the Nordic Go-Kart Championship. He took second place in the European Go-Kart Championship in the Super A class and third place in the Monaco Cup in the Super A class.
In 1999, he won second place in the A-class of the Finnish Go-Kart Championship and tenth-place in the Super A class of the World Go-Kart Championship. In the same year, he started racing Formula Cars in the Formula-Renault Championship with the Haywood Racing Team. He finished third in his first race. He finished fifth in the Formula-Ford Euro Cup. He won four of four races in the Formula-Renault Winter Championship with the Manor Motorsport team.
In 2000, still with Manor Motorsport, he won the British Formula-Renault Championship, winning seven races in ten races, taking pole positions seven times and running the fastest lap six times. He competed in the Formula-Renault European Championship in three races, two of which he finished in sixth place overall. Interestingly, he raced in the same field on a few races with his later teammate Felipe Massa. Overall, he won 13 of the 23 Formula-Renault races, a remarkable 57 s