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Kimi Raikkonen

The lowdown on Kimi Raikkonen

Lee McKenzie's view

"Kimi is definitely the most difficult driver to interview but without a doubt he's the fans' favourite. 

"He is exactly what his nickname suggests - he is 'The Iceman'. He doesn't particularly enjoy doing interviews but when he talks what he does say is very sensible and he has a good understanding of the car.

"He's very good friends with Sebastian Vettel, which is the reason he is staying at Ferrari this year. Kimi has had some good results in 2016 too but he needs to put it together consistently."


Leave him alone, he knows what he’s doing. F1’s Iceman doesn’t say much, preferring to let his driving do the talking.

Raikkonen made his F1 debut for the Sauber team back in 2001 and was instantly quick, scoring nine points and earning himself a move to McLaren.

The first win followed in 2003, as he chased Michael Schumacher for the title all the way to the final round in Suzuka, and with better reliability he could have been champion in 2005.

A switch to Ferrari for 2007 finally secured him that elusive title at season’s end, but he drifted out of F1 at the end of 2009 to try rallying.

Starred on his return to the sport with Lotus, taking a popular win at Abu Dhabi, and there were glimpses of the old Kimi in 2016 when he claimed four podiums for Ferrari.