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Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
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Full Name: Kimi-Matias Räikkönen
Profession: Formula 1 Driver

Nationality:
Finland
Finnish

Why Famous: Nicknamed "Iceman" for his icy personality and terse responses to questions, Räikkönen is one of the most popular and successful Formula 1 Drivers of the modern era. He is the only driver to take a race win in the V10, V8 and the hybrid V6 engine eras.

He entered Formula 1 in 2001, before later joining McLaren-Mercedes. He has also driver for Ferrari, and as of 2019 is racing for Alfa Romeo. He had a winless streak of four years before taking the United States Gran Prix in 2018.

Born: October 17, 1979
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Age: 39 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Events in the Life of Kimi Räikkönen

  • 2003-10-12 Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari finishes 8th at the season-ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka; clinches 4th consecutive World Drivers Championship by 2 points from Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2005-10-16 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish Formula 1 World Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2007-10-21 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen wins season ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix to claim his first World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Lewis Hamilton
  • 2018-09-01 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen qualifies in 1:19.119 during Q3 of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza; record for fastest average lap speed in F1 (263.588 kph or 163.786 mph)

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