Kimi Raïkkönen

Scuderia Ferrari

Driver Number

#7

Finland

Representing

Finland

Nation
Finland
Engine
Ferrari
Podiums
80
Date of birth
17/Oct/1979
Place of birth
Espoo, Finland

Biography

Not a vintage season for the taciturn Finn in 2015, but one that spluttered into life intermittently as he struggled to match the performance of his new Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a demanding year that saw him wind up in fourth place in the title race.

He was 128 points adrift of Vettel and only 28 ahead of fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas after a close and sometimes bruising run-in. That, however, was an improvement on 2014 when he finished a career-worst 12th.

Kimi won the title with Ferrari in 2007 and has registered 20 Grand Prix victories, but the 2016 season looks likely to be his last unless he rediscovers the raw speed that was first seen when debuted in Melbourne in 2001. Always a racer, he has a popular image with fans all over the world for his mercurial talents and one-line answers with the media.

As a sport-mad kid, he took up karting aged 11 and never looked back. He needed a test to prove his worth in Formula One when he arrived and many felt he was too raw to be given a licence. He proved them wrong on the track -- and has gone on suprising people ever since.

Now 36, the ‘Iceman’ is regarded as an elder statesman, but following the major changes at Maranello in the last year, he needs regular podium finishes to keep his seat and avoid being frozen out of the future. 

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