Kimi Räikkönen

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Kimi Räikkönen
Kimi Raikkonen 2008 (square).jpg
Kimi Räikkönen in 2008
Born October 17, 1979(1979-10-17)
Espoo, Finland
Achievements 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Champion
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
1 races run over 1 years
Car #, team 87, Kyle Busch Motorsports
First race 2011 Top Gear 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
1 races run over 1 years
Truck #, team 15, Kyle Busch Motorsports
First race 2011 N.C. Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 28 2011.

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (pronounced [ˈkimi ˈmɑtiɑs ˈræikkønen]) (born October 17, 1979 in Espoo, Finland) is a race car driver, currently driving for Scuderia Ferrari. He is the 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Champion.

Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001. Having previously only raced in very junior open-wheel categories, he was given his Super Licence from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) after a performance delivery promise from his team boss, Peter Sauber.[1] He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the 2003 and 2005 championships to Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, respectively.

Switching to Ferrari in 2007, Räikkönen became the highest paid driver in the sport,[2] and secured his first Formula One World Drivers' Championship, beating McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point.

Räikkönen is very calm, cool, and calculating in his race strategy—prompting the nickname "Iceman", which is subtly written on the side of his current helmet design. His other nicknames include Kimppa, Räikkä and Kimster (used by his mechanics).

NASCAR[change | edit source]

Räikkönen joined the ranks of former F1 drivers who have moved to NASCAR in 2011. His first race was the Camping World Truck Series on May 20 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. He finished in 15th place on the lead lap.[3] He hopes to work his way up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[4]

Räikkönen's second NASCAR race was also at Charlotte. He raced in the Nationwide Series. He received a penalty for speeding on pit lane, and finished in 27th place. After the race, he returned to Europe to compete in some more rally races. Räikkönen said his plans are to "see what happens."[5]

Results and records[change | edit source]

Career summary[change | edit source]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1999 European Formula Ford  ? 2  ?  ?  ? 5th
Formula Ford Festival Continental Racing Van Diemen 1 0 0 N/A NC
Formula Renault 2000 UK Winter Championship Manor Motorsport 4 4 4 40 1st
Formula Renault 2000 UK Haywood Racing 4 0 0  ?  ?
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup  ? 2 2 2 62 7th
Formula Renault 2000 UK Manor Motorsport 10 6 7 316 1st
2001 Formula One Sauber 17 0 0 9 10th
2002 Formula One McLaren 17 0 0 24 6th
2003 Formula One McLaren 16 2 1 91 2nd
2004 Formula One McLaren 18 1 1 45 7th
2005 Formula One McLaren 19 5 7 112 2nd
2006 Formula One McLaren 18 3 0 65 5th
2007 Formula One Ferrari 17 3 6 110 1st
2008 Formula One Ferrari 18 2 2 75 3rd
2009 Formula One Ferrari 17 0 1 48 6th
World Rally Championship Tommi Mäkinen Racing 1 0 0 0 -
2010 World Rally Championship Citroën Junior Team 13 0 0 15 10th
2011 World Rally Championship Ice 1 Racing 4 0 0 18* 8th*
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kyle Busch Motorsports 1 0 0 0 NC
NASCAR Nationwide Series Kyle Busch Motorsports 1 0 0 0 NC

* Season in progress
As a guest driver, Räikkönen was ineligible for points

Complete Formula One results[change | edit source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2001 Sauber Petronas Sauber C20 Petronas 01A 3.0 L V10 AUS
6
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
8
AUT
4
MON
10
CAN
4
EUR
10
FRA
7
GBR
5
GER
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
10th 9
2002 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes FO 110M 3.0 L V10 AUS
3
MAL
Ret
BRA
12
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
4
EUR
3
GBR
Ret
FRA
2
GER
Ret
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
3
6th 24
2003 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110M/P 3.0 L V10 AUS
3
MAL
1
BRA
2
SMR
2
ESP
Ret
AUT
2
MON
2
CAN
6
EUR
Ret
FRA
4
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
2
ITA
4
USA
2
JPN
2
2nd 91
2004 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19 Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 L V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
11
MON
Ret
EUR
Ret
CAN
5
USA
6
7th 45
McLaren MP4-19B FRA
7
GBR
2
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
1
ITA
Ret
CHN
3
JPN
6
BRA
2
2005 West McLaren Mercedes / Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes FO 110R 3.0 L V10 AUS
8
MAL
9
BHR
3
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
MON
1
EUR
11
CAN
1
USA
DNS
FRA
2
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
1
TUR
1
ITA
4
BEL
1
BRA
2
JPN
1
CHN
2
2nd 112
2006 Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes FO 108S 2.4 L V8 BHR
3
MAL
Ret
AUS
2
SMR
5
EUR
4
ESP
5
MON
Ret
GBR
3
CAN
3
USA
Ret
FRA
5
GER
3
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
2
CHN
Ret
JPN
5
BRA
5
5th 65
2007 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
1
MAL
3
BHR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
8
CAN
5
USA
4
FRA
1
GBR
1
EUR
Ret
HUN
2
TUR
2
ITA
3
BEL
1
JPN
3
CHN
1
'BRA'
1
1st 110
2008 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
8
MAL
1
BHR
2
ESP
1
TUR
3
MON
9
CAN
Ret
FRA
2
GBR
4
GER
6
HUN
3
EUR
Ret
BEL
18
ITA
9
SIN
15
JPN
3
CHN
3
BRA
3
3rd 75
2009 Scuderia Ferrari
Marlboro
Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
15
MAL
14
CHN
10
BHR
6
ESP
Ret
MON
3
TUR
9
GBR
8
GER
Ret
HUN
2
EUR
3
BEL
1
ITA
3
SIN
10
JPN
4
BRA
6
ABU
12
6th 48

Complete WRC results[change | edit source]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
2009 Tommi Mäkinen Racing Fiat Grande Punto S2000 IRE NOR CYP POR ARG ITA GRC POL FIN
Ret
AUS ESP GBR NC 0
2010 Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC SWE
29
MEX
Ret
JOR
8
TUR
5
NZL POR
10
BUL
11
FIN
25
DEU
7
JPN
Ret
FRA
Ret
ESP
DNS
GBR
8
10th 25
2011 ICE 1 Racing Citroën DS3 WRC SWE
8
MEX POR
7
JOR
6
ITA ARG GRE FIN DEU AUS FRA ESP GBR 8th* 18*

* Season in progress

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