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Kimi – Maailmanmestari! 7th Anniversary

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Seven is quite a special number and not just because it’s Kimi’s racing number (ok, maybe he makes it cooler than it already is). In Biblical terms and eschatology (the study of the end of times), seven has a special symbolic significance.

Also in numerology, seven’s description is quite symmetrical with Kimi’s personality, although not entirely (but that makes Kimi unique). 7’s are secretive, mysterious, stand-offish, intuitive and introspective. An unworldly attitude means most 7’s need to be ‘protected’, and that’s a coincidence when you read about the design behind Kimi’s helmet. His mark is based on the rune Algiz which means ‘protection’. A quick googling of the number seven will enlighten you (unless you’re not impressed by superstitious theories), I won’t blab on about it here but get to the point of this post:

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So today is the 7th anniversary of Kimi’s F1 world championship victory so it is extra special. Seven years ago on 21st October 2007, Kimi became one of the very few drivers to win the title on their debut season with Ferrari, beating McLaren rivals Hamilton and Alonso by a single point in the final race at Brazil. It was an unforgettable season for the fans and the most special day in Raikkonen’s career.

Maailmanmestari, Finnish tongue for The World Champion, has given us 12 seasons in Formula 1, but thankfully for us fans we have more to look forward to next year and possibly beyond. This season is well and truly the most dismal of Raikkonen’s career but then again… so is the car! We believe he hasn’t lost talent or speed and he will be back! #ForzaKimi #Kimi7 #KeepFlyingKimi etc etc… all the supportive hashtags you deem relevant.

Here’s a nicely combined round-up of Kimi’s F1 career achievements to date (‘The Iceman Profile’ kindly provided by @SportExtraHD)
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To remember just why we love Kimi Raikkonen (and mostly to cheer you guys up during our frustrating season) revisit the entire Brazil GP 2007 weekend in pictures here! And here are videos below – be warned of imminent nostalgia overload! Read the rest of this page »

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#Kimi35 Happy Birthday Kimi!

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It’s been 12 years since I decided to support you. Throughout all those years, the hardships, the bliss; one thing stays the same, stays pure – you! You were the only thing that remained ever true. And I wanna thank you. Happy birthday Iceman. God bless you. Come back stronger next year.

- Saima


Ferrari wish Kimi happy birthday

Kimi Raikkonen turns 35 today and Scuderia Ferrari celebrates the event with a video featuring some highlights from his career to date with Ferrari. So far, Kimi has taken part in 68 Grands Prix with the Scuderia, winning nine of them. However, the true highlight was winning the World Championship title in 2007, when victory in the final race of the season in Interlagos saw him overhaul the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the points table.

Best wishes champ!

Kimi: “I never lost the passion”

Kimi Raikkonen: Laidback Lada driver to reluctant Ferrari star

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“What do you call a Lada driver with a speeding ticket? A liar.”

Kimi Raikkonen might not have heard that old joke about the much-maligned car, an icon of the Soviet era, but it might give him a chuckle.

“I had a Russian Lada,” the Formula One star revealed as he took CNN’s The Circuit for a spin in a flashy sports car provided by his team Ferrari.

“I got it from a friend of ours. We changed the engine. It was perfect for us — free of charge and a very robust car.

“It was red but we painted it black. It never broke down.”

The Finn now drives one of the world’s fastest vehicles on the F1 racetrack — which he definitely wouldn’t be allowed to paint black — but the down-to-earth approach of his first car beautifully sums up his underlying normality.

The man they call the “Iceman” is Formula One’s most reluctant star.

The 34-year-old is known for his succinct, cool answers when facing the media. And while he doesn’t say much, he often says what he thinks.

Perhaps his most famous admission came in 2006 when he explained he missed the presentation for the retiring Michael Schumacher, the man he was going to replace at Ferrari the following year, because he was in the bathroom — or words to that effect.

Then there are the off-track headlines, like the time he was filmed falling off a boat during a party.

Raikkonen’s pithy comments and antics have made him a cult icon among F1 fans but he insists he would rather stay out of the spotlight.

“It’d be perfect to lead a normal life where nobody notices you,” he tells CNN. “But obviously you cannot have both.

“Racing and driving is the main thing but there’s a lot of other stuff that comes with it.

“I’ve been long enough in the business to know that it’s a big part of it. For me, it’s not much fun.

“I’m not a big fan of going places and showing off, I’d rather do my own things. I never try to hide it because it is how it is.”

Unlike many other drivers on the grid, Raikkonen is also refreshingly honest about his childhood ambitions while growing up in the city of Espoo.

“I wouldn’t say I wanted to become a Formula One driver straight away,” he explains.

“I actually started out with motocross when I was a small boy and then go-karts. It was good fun and you start wanting more.

“But I still didn’t believe that I would even make it to F1 because we didn’t have the money.

“I just thought I’d do karts for as long as possible and then do something else.”

That something else was two titles in the British Formula Renault Championship.

After just 23 races, Raikkonen was signed up by Sauber and fast-tracked into F1 for the 2001 season.

He won his first grand prix with McLaren in 2003 and his first and only world title with Ferrari in 2007 before the Italian team effectively paid up the rest of his salary to bring in Fernando Alonso for the 2010 season.

Officially retired from F1, Raikkonen flexed his driving muscles in the World Rally Championships and got behind the wheel for two NASCAR races.

His team radio in the U.S. series endeared him to new fans with such quotable outbursts as: “I don’t understand how this car can be so hot. My ass is even burning in here.”

“I really enjoy the whole NASCAR thing,” Raikkonen recalls. “It’s just completely different and fun. It was a good experience.

“Hopefully I can do more (races) some day. I’ve said I’d like to do some more rallies in the future.”

For now, F1’s reluctant star is focused on finishing his second spell in the sport with Ferrari, having returned to Maranello after two seasons with Lotus in which he re-established himself on the grid despite the team’s financial problems.

With two wins and 15 podiums he became hot property, and replaced Felipe Massa at the home of the “Prancing Horse.”

The 34-year-old, who has struggled with an under-performing car this season, says he plans to finish his career with the Italian marque but is giving nothing away on when exactly that might be.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is expected to sign for Ferrari next year, with Alonso tipped to return to McLaren.

“I have a contract for next year and probably for one more year,” Raikkonen says. “But I’m not a young guy anymore.

“I want to do something more with my life than just Formula One. I will finish my career in Ferrari.

“I never lost the passion. I will stop the day when I feel I don’t enjoy it anymore.”

A new chapter is about to begin for Raikkonen in the near future when his girlfriend Minttu Virtanen gives birth to their first child.

“The biggest challenge will be with a family,” he says. “That will take a lot of time and effort.”

Asked if he would encourage his child to follow him into motor racing, he gives a typically direct and definitive “No!”

Raikkonen might not be keen on small talk but he is looking forward to discussing fatherhood with Vettel, his closest friend in F1, who became a father to a baby daughter earlier this year.

“The guy I have most to do with outside of racing is Vettel,” he says. “The rest I don’t really see as friends, I race against them.

“He’s just a normal guy and it’s an easy relationship.”

On the subject of sharing baby tips with the German, Raikkonen adds: “Yes, he has more experience…”

He might be one of F1’s most-enigmatic and best-loved stars, and still among the highest earners, but in many ways he has stayed true to his roots.

“I have normal cars,” he explains. “Maybe when I was young I was a bit more like, ‘This nice car, I want to have this and drive this.’

“Not anymore. I drive normal cars without people noticing me, so it makes my life easy.”

Dare we suggest, Raikkonen might have rewound time by swapping a Ferrari for a beat-up Lada?

[ Source: cnn.com | Interview by Sarah Holt and Amanda Davies ]

Kimi expects better Ferrari package for 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen thinks the current period of change at Ferrari will need to be given time to achieve results but already expects to see a much-improved on track performance in 2015.

Luca di Montezemolo was officially replaced as Ferrari president by Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat, on Monday. It marks a period of big change at Maranello, with team principal Marco Mattiacci announcing in June his desire to create a “different team for 2015″ – with engine boss Luca Marmorini a high-profile casualty this summer.

While Raikkonen does not think the period of change has made an impact on Ferrari’s current fortunes he is confident it will have the desired affect from 2015 onwards.

“I don’t think it has changed an awful lot now,” Raikkonen said. “As for the future I think it will be a bit different and, at least from what I’ve heard, we’re going in the right direction. But there’s a lot of work to do to get where we should be in the front.

“There’s some new people coming and Marco has done a very good job, done the right things with changes, and I’m sure in the future or even next year we will be in a much stronger position – if it’s enough – already. I have 100% belief in the team we can get where we should be. It might take a bit of time but I’m sure it’s [going to be] a much better position.”

One of the biggest changes at Ferrari is yet to happen, with Sebastian Vettel widely believed to be joining the Italian outfit after announcing his split with Red Bull. He is expected to replace Fernando Alonso in the seat alongside Raikkonen but the Finn is refusing to be drawn on what impact a driver change will have.

“The time will tell, really. I have no idea what they are going to do. I have a contract so I’m pretty sure I will be there. The changes will be done for certain reasons, for sure, but it’s hard to say what will happen in the future. On the car side I’m sure we will have a much better package for next year. The rest you will have to ask the team.”

[ Source: espn.co.uk ]