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Raikkonen Returns Home For Karting Event

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Kimi Raikkonen was greeted with a glorious summer’s day in Helsinki today, just a few kilometres away from his home town of Espoo. The driver was in the Finnish capital to take part in an event organised by Scuderia Ferrari sponsor, Santander Bank, on the eve of the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix. During the day, Kimi met fans and local media, before taking part in a karting competition. He also had a go on a driving simulator that was on site. “It’s nice to be at an event so close to home,” commented the Finn. “I like this sort of thing, as it’s always fun driving a go-kart.” [via ferrarif1.com]


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Finnish band Fool April’s tribute to Iceman

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Fool April is a Finnish band who have made a dedication to Kimi Raikkonen and wanted to share it with us. Fool April were formed in 2010 by vocalist/guitarist Petteri Martinsuo and drummer Jussi Peltonen. Good luck to these guys! It’s a pretty cool song! Check it out below.


It’s not the first time Kimi has been associated with musicians paying tribute to his legendary iceness; he is even good friends with Axl Rose of Guns’n’Roses, who included the Iceman in the ‘thanking list’ of their album Chinese Democracy. Keyboard player Chris Pitman, pictured below, is also clearly a big fan of Raikkonen as he performed wearing the F1 world champion’s 2007 helmet; the band also pictured Kimi’s McLaren on screen while playing ‘You Could Be Mine’. Little Kimi fact of the day: the first record Kimi bought was indeed a Guns’n’Roses cassette.

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Raikkonen stars again at FOS Goodwood 2015

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Kimi: “good to get youngsters close to the sport”

Yesterday, Kimi Raikkonen had spent a very busy day at a venue that is dear to all car lovers.

The Finn first stopped off at a Shell service station, carrying out some promotional activities for the Scuderia Ferrari sponsor.

Then he headed to Goodwood, where he tackled the famous hillclimb at the wheel of an F10. Kimi also took time to greet the many fans attending the event, as well as Prancing Horse owners.“It’s the second time I’ve come to Goodwood and I reckon it’s a very nice event, always well organised. I met a lot of youngsters this time and it’s definitely a good thing to get them closer to the sport,” commented Kimi as he saluted the fans before leaving [via ferrari.f1.com]


FoS Behind The Scenes – Who Says Kimi Raikkonen Never Smiles?

It’s often said that Kimi Raikkonen is a completely different character when the cameras are turned off, but, thanks to our very own Lord March, we can now show you that side of the 2007 F1 World Champion.

Filmed yesterday when Kimi headed to Goodwood House to meet the FoS founder and Ken Block after his trip up the hill in a 2010 Ferrari on behalf of Shell. We won’t spoil the video, but prepare to see a very happy Kimi chatting about F1 and the potential of driving with the Hoonigan one day [via grrc.goodwood.com]


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Raikkonen to attend Goodwood FOS again

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FoS140028_KRSShell Motorsport have just announced that Kimi Raikkonen will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at once again this year, on Friday 26th June.

Last year Kimi made his first appearance at the classic event with 1964 Ferrari champion John Surtees. Read all about that day here and Kimi’s F1 Racing interview. Last year’s photo album is here.

We must have made a good impression on the Iceman, mustn’t we? News that the inimitable Finn will, like Felipe Massa, be returning to the Festival of Speed for the second year in succession stirred memories of the wonderful occasion last year when he starred alongside 1964 World Champion John Surtees in an historic run up the hill in Ferrari Grand Prix cars old and new.

The 20-time Grand Prix winner and 2007 World Champion will be here on Friday only and will be accompanied by Ferrari‘s long-standing fuel supplier Shell, which will be demonstrating on its stand its pursuit of innovation. Shell Chairman Erik Bonino tells us ‘Everyone at Shell is delighted to be back at Goodwood. This event, with its rich history, is a showpiece in the international automotive calendar. It is the perfect venue for us to demonstrate our fearless pursuit of innovation and mobility, including the ground-breaking developments we are making today as a result of our Technical Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.’

Kimi will be driving up the hill on Friday in a 2010 Ferrari F10 Grand Prix car and we cannot wait! Welcome back to Goodwood, Kimi.

Further good news is that Friday tickets are still available! Click here.

| Source: espn.co.uk | motorsport.com | goodwood.com |


Santander to bring Kimi to Finland for karting event

Kimi will be at Helsinki Ice Hall on 18th August.

| Source: mtv.fi |