Kimi Raikonnen

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Career

Kimi Raikkonen is a Finnish Formula 1 driver who was born in Espoo on 17 October 1979. He began his F1 career in 2001 with Sauber and with a great rookie season he landed a place at McLaren where he raced from 2002 to 2006. Fellow Finn Mika Haikkinen, who was vacating that seat, reportedly told McLaren boss Ron Dennis on several occasions: “If you wanna win, get the Finn”.

After his stint at McLaren Kimi signed a three-year contract with Ferrari, securing his place as one of the highest-paid F1 drivers of the time. In 2007 Kimi won his first, and only, World Championship with the team.

At the conclusion of the 2009 campaign Raikkonen took a step back from F1 and try his hand at rallying and NASCAR, before returning to the series in 2012 with Lotus F1 Team.

After two years with Lotus, Raikkonen made his return to Ferrari where he would remain until 2018. His second and longer stint at Ferrari was eventually cut after Charles Leclerc received a promotion to the Ferrari team for 2019. He then signed for Alfa Romeo, the team where his career started under their Sauber identity and where he has signed up for another season in 2021.