A to Z

Animated:

A word that has not frequently been used to describe Kimi’s appearances in press conferences, interviews, etc.

Belgium:

The Finn has won the Belgian Grand Prix more than any other race – with a total of four victories from his last five visits to the ultimate driver’s circuit, Spa.

Champion:

Kimi made his F1 bow testing a Sauber in 2000 at Italy’s Mugello circuit. The only other driver on track, Michael Schumacher, saw enough to correctly declare him a future champion (see O).

Dahlman:

On 31 July 2004 Kimi Matias Raikkonen married Jenni Dahlman, a Finnish model and former Miss Scandinavia.

Eighteen:

Kimi has a total of 19 grand prix victories from his Formula 1 career so far. The first came at Sepang in 2003, the most recent at Abu Dhabi in 2012 (see L).

Fastest laps:

Kimi has an enviable total of 37 fastest laps, which places him third on the all-time list behind only Michael Schumacher (76) and Alain Prost (41).

G Forces:

After two seasons in the WRC, Kimi’s going to need to work on his neck to withstand F1’s cornering forces again.

Hinwil:

Home of Kimi’s first Formula 1 team, Sauber.

Iceman:

The Finn has the word Iceman emblazoned on his crash helmet. He’s cool, you see…

James Hunt:

Another F1 world champion who has apparently offered Kimi both inspiration and a pseudonym for races in both snowmobiles and powerboats.

Karting:

Kimi owned his first kart when he was eight years old. He started competing in 1988 and went on to take the Nordic Championship a decade later.

Last lap:

The Finn produced perhaps his greatest victory at Suzuka in 2005 from 17th on the grid, storming through the field to pass Giancarlo Fisichella on lap 53 of 53.

Motocross:

Kimi founded his own Motocross World Championship team, Ice 1 Racing.

NASCAR:

Kimi has also ventured into racing in the United States, making his debut in the Camping World Truck Series last year (see X).

One point:

This was the margin by which Kimi took the 2007 F1 world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Pole:

Kimi has taken a total of 16 F1 pole positions, the latest at Magny-Cours in 2008.

Queen:

Anything HRH can do… In 2008 Kimi appeared on a set of Finnish postage stamps celebrating his World Title.

Renault:

Most of Kimi’s pre-F1 experience came in Formula Renault. He won the 2000 title with seven wins and ten podiums from ten races.

Snow:

The Iceman is fond of anything freezing and white – with snowmobiles, snowboards and ice hockey among his favourite pastimes.

Twenty-three:

Kimi famously only had a total of 23 car races in his life before he made his F1. He won 13 of them…

Unique style:

No-one else dresses quite like Kimi in F1.

Victory:

Winning the 2007 World Championship.

WRC:

Kimi has a total of 59 points from his time in the World Rally Championship. He also has a stage victory to his name from the 2010 Rallye Deutschland.

X-rated:

We learned from Kimi’s NASCAR pit-to-car radio conversations that we should make sure he has enough in his drinks bottle…

Yacht:

Kimi is a big fan of yachting.

Zzzzzzzz:

At his first F1 race at Melbourne in 2001, Kimi surprised all by being cool enough to have a nap half an hour before going to the grid. He went on to score a point for 6th place and the Iceman was born.

Courtesy of LotusF1Team.com (Updated in Jan 2013)

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