- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Espoo, Finland
After a less-than-vintage season in 2015, the taciturn Finn struggled through the first half of last year (2016) before his form returned and he made a strong finish to the season. After being comprehensively outperformed by Vettel in 2015, he mounted a respectable response with four podium finishes and a superior head-to-head qualifying record.
His solid performances enabled Ferrari to survive a turbulent period and brought Raikkonen some consolation after finishing 128 points adrift of Vettel -- and only 28 ahead of fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas -- after a close and sometimes bruising run-in to 2015. That, however, was an improvement on 2014 when he finished a career-worst 12th… All of which tells us never to write-off ‘the Iceman’.
Kimi won the title with Ferrari in 2007 and has registered 20 Grand Prix victories, but wins are now a distant memory and each 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.