Kimi Raikkonen is back for a second year at Team Lotus. His teammate is Romain Grosjean. Raikkonen finished 3rd in 2012 in an impressive season which saw him score a lot of points in nearly every race. He was definitely one of the most consistent drivers last year and was able to score a lot of points without a good starting position. In 2012 he was 3rd in the standings with an impressive 203 points. In 2013 he is expected to be one of the top drivers to compete for a title.
Racing has seen the “Iceman” compete in 177 F1 races, with 19 wins, switch teams several times, try out rallying, and race trucks and cars for NASCAR – all while becoming the highest paid driver in motor sports, and with the familiar, rune-inspired insignia emblazoned atop his helmet. Before any of these accolades however, came success as a karting champion at 15 years old in Monaco. It was there he faced many challenges starting out, and his calm-under-pressure demeanor was first recognized.
Born in Espoo, Finland in 1979, Kimi was already racing by ten years old and quickly gaining experience and recognition in the racing world. By the end of his teenage years, he placed first in the Nordic Championship held in Norway, and then began his foray into F1 racing with two championship wins in the British Formula Renault series. His star kept rising from there, with the following highlights.
Kimi made his debut in 2001 with the Sauber Formula 1 Team a strong one. From there, he was on to spend the 2002-2006 seasons with McLaren, and saw consistent results with nine wins but no championship. Leaving McLaren in 2007 to join Ferrari, Kimi scored the elusive championship win in Australia, becoming the first driver since 1989 to win in his debut with Ferrari.
Raikkonen is only the third Finnish driver to win a world championship, and he went on the set the record for most wins in a debut season with Ferrari, capturing six. He would spend two more seasons with Ferrari before leaving to pursue rallying and NASCAR.
Now back in Formula One, Kimi credits his time in WRC as “a useful time in my career as a driver.” His desire to drive in F1 again brought him back, making Lotus Renault GP an “easy choice.” As for his time away, Raikkonen states “there were many new things to learn, but with Formula 1 I feel like I’m coming home. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel.” Lotus cannot either, setting its ambitious sights on winning a Formula 1 title within three years.
When not busy testing race cars and training for the upcoming season, Kimi is a true motor sports enthusiast. He has competed in snowmobile races, and also enjoys snowboarding and ice hockey.
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