This fansite is in no way directly involved with Kimi Raikkonen, his management, or race team. KRS is an independent website dedicated to the driver with the sole purpose of providing a place of all news to his fans. Stories, articles and reports always state their sources (highlighted in gold or red). All thoughts and opinions expressed by the editor (Evenstar) do not respresent Kimi, except for his official columns and press release comments (quotes highlighted in teal) which are shared onto the blog.
The Kimi Raikkonen Space is a fansite created by one Kimi Raikkonen fan called Evenstar Saima. Since 2005, KRS’s aim is to provide for all Kimi fans interested in the latest news about his career, along with other miscellany such as wallpapers, interviews, videos, tributes and most popular were the Grand Prix highlight videos which were made specifically for Kimi fans. This fansite holds the biggest photo collection of Kimi than any other. It also includes accurate statistics that are updated consistently throughout a season. You will also find general news, usually news most relevant to Kimi’s career (which took a turn from F1 to Rallying in 2010).
In her years of support for the enigmatic Finnish driver dubbed ‘Iceman’, Evenstar was voted The Biggest Kimi fan on the Official Kimi Raikkonen Forum in 2005 and 2007. The popular F1Fanatic website also shared similar sentiments. Since Evenstar began enjoying Formula One from around 1999, her passion for the sport and for her favourite driver grew. She found writing the best form of expressing this through race reports and articles on Kimi’s career. Deciding to put them to use here and share them with fans all over the world, Evenstar combined her Journalism studies and her love for F1 – thus, the KRS was born in the summer of 2005. The race reviews stopped after Kimi took a sabbatical from F1.
Evenstar also produced her very own F1 season highlight videos for fans to watch in 2007, reaching over a thousand downloads. During the middle of 2008 however, the videos took a hiatus due to other personal and important demands. 2009 saw the return of the videos.
Design has also been a long time passion as Evenstar finds inspiration from F1 and Kimi. This led to the Kimi fan shop which had a successful start in 2008 with the one and only Kimi calendar designed and created especially for fans, being distributed all over the world in USA, Australia, Europe and parts of Asia. The trend continued with the 2009 Limited Edition calendar, where only 50 were produced and all had been sold out. During the official opening of the Ferrari Store in London on 6th May 2009, Evenstar received Kimi Raikkonen’s autograph on her calendar and managed to pass a DVD by hand to Kimi personally, which included her tribute videos (you can watch and read all about that crazy encounter here).
In 2012, Kimi’s popularity shot to new heights with a successful F1 comeback while remaining the same old funny guy; due to high demand, Evenstar begun merchandising clothes and posters online with popular Kimi phrases and designs, such as “Just Leave Me Alone, I Know What To Do!“
Kimi’s F1 Sabbatical and KRS’s Hiatus
It was announced in the late evening of 17th November 2009 that Kimi would take a sabbatical from F1 in 2010. However, in 2010 the Iceman decided to participate in the World Rally Championship for the first time, with Citroen and Finnish co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, after their new deal was announced on 4th December 2009.
Due to personal reasons the website and all productions ended in August 2010. But most importantly, KRS remained online to serve as an archive and the place of great memories that the fans have shared together in admiration for our favourite racing driver. Kimi on the other hand, rather than having a ‘holiday’ as most assume, kept himself occupied and fresh with motors nonetheless…
He continued rallying into 2010 and 2011, also setting up his own motocross racing team named after the Citroen-based rally team Ice1 Racing. With rallying looking like more of a challenging long-term commitment, Kimi decided to try his hand at other forms of motorsport while he could and subsquently headed to the United States for a couple Nascar races in mid-2011.
The Iceman Returns… And So Does KRS!
After much speculation and reports of an F1 comeback with Williams F1 team, the deal fell through and Kimi and his management were approached by Lotus Renault (Gerard Lopez and Eric Boullier). On the 29th November 2011, Kimi’s long awaited return to Formula 1 was announced with Lotus Renault GP, confirming Kimi as their driver for 2012 alongside Romain Grosjean in a two-year contract.
KRS was instantly revived with Kimi’s return and has reached more fans than ever; the website received over 855,827 views in 2012 alone, the busiest day being Kimi’s win at the Abu Dhabi GP.
The tribute videos also made a return in 2012 and 2013, a three-part movie entitled ‘The Iceman Returns‘, sitting with 438,000 plays. The Prelude is the more popular first-part video currently with over 240,000 views; it portrays the wished comeback in a dream-like vision, covering Kimi’s departure from F1 into the WRC and Nascar but leads back to his legacy in F1 – which holds his true passion for racing.
KRS will have new commitments in 2014 and may struggle to compete with as much dedication as before but as long as Kimi is on track, so will be KRS :)
Here are some comments from readers since the early years when KimiRaikkonenSpace.com was Darkmaiden.Spaces.Live.com
Shadman wrote: “Hi Saima, you are truly the purest and best Kimi Raikkonen fan I have ever known…. I’m sure my fascination for Kimi’s “inspirational, new-age cool style personified” F1 skills is exactly the way as yours, however, you’ve actually taken the time and effort for this really wonderful website and I can see you’ve put in a tonne of hard work into creating and maintaining it – HATS OFF to you!!!!!!! I hope to meet you someday and express my appreciation for your efforts.”
Shanti wrote: “Hi Saima. Been visiting for a long time, finally got myself logged on, so I could say thanks. I can see, how much work and effort you are putting into this. Believe me, it is appreciated. You are always my first choice for good info about Kimi. Have a great time on Silverstone and cheer for us all. Love Shanti.”
Maria Eugenia wrote: “Hi Saima…let me tell you this is the best site I’ve ever visited from a Kimi fan…..you’ve been doing it just great!!!!! I visit it now and then….and your highlight videos are the best…I’ve already downloaded some of them…..keep your job as good as always….see you..”
Matt Hughes wrote: “This site is proper good. Also nice to see you having something to practice your journalism on, as that’s the way to stay sharp. Looking forward to being a fellow staff member of yours at Autosport in 2009!”
Juan Carlos wrote: “Great test for Kimi at Spa! Excellent videos Saima! Thanks for doing this, it means a lot!”
F1_Maniac wrote: “I just wanted to personally thank you so much Evenstar.. You’re the sweetest, I’m a huge Kimi and now Evenstar fan from the US (where we don’t get much of anything on F1 except the race). I watched all your videos over and over again, the way you edit the images and video clips of Kimi together along with the right music is just phenomenal. And the way that you almost tell the story of the Grand Prix weekends from preparations to the podium celebration is so accurate. Once again, thank you so much and what a season to finish with the Iceman on the top. Great year from Kimi and you. Thanks.”
Sipio wrote: “I keep watching the ‘Brazil 2007 – Kimi World Champion’ video over and over because it’s so beautiful. I so love it with the music when they lower Kimi’s car in the pitbox to go attack, and then in that final lap when Kimi crosses the finish line,you hear a Finnish commentator screaming all that emotion, it’s so awesome and brings tears in my eyes over and over again.”
Aiman wrote: “Kimi no.1! Kimi no. 1! Yeah Yeah Yeah! Thoroughly enjoyed your brave enthusiam for Kimi among Hamilton fans in the video.”
Ionut Bratu wrote: “Superb as usual. Thanks for the clip”.
OldeWalde wrote: “I’m sure Kimi will dedicate his victory to your loyal support next time he visits your dreams! If Ferrari haven’t noticed your wondeful site they are missing out! And if Kimi hasn’t heard about you yet it’s because he holds his friends very close and they protect his privacy so carefully. Thank you for your input through the year. Follow the dream!”
Ági wrote: “Hi Saima! Your site is great! I’m very glad that I’ve found it. Thanks for it! Greetings from Hungary. Go Kimi!”
“Hi Evenstar, I still watch daily your space, there is all what`s useful to know, specially you have not much time to check other sources. Thank you very much!”
“Thank you so much for this site, the best I’ve ever seen about Kimi Raikkonen.”
“Wow, this is an amazing site. In my opinion one of the best pages of a Formula One driver. Love the videos that you make, they are so cool. Because of you, now I’m a Kimi fan. He seems to be a relaxed person who only wants to drive and have fun. Regards from a Colombian fan”