Despite his Iceman brand, the way Kimi behaves when relaxed is quite the sight.
Need I say more?
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.
It’s safe to say he is fond of it.
Company cars for Ferrari world champions don’t get any cooler than that. Kimi got one in his possession in 2008.
Kimi has an enviable total of 46 fastest laps, which places him second on the all-time list behind only Michael Schumacher (76).
He tries to avoid finishing 3rd in the championship so he doesn’t have to attend the special award giving FIA ceremony. But he had no choice in 2018 and he certainly made the most of it… to many local Russian fans’ delight.
If you don’t speak clearly or make sense, expect to repeat yourself.
Kimi opened a Ferrari Store in Regent St, London, during the 2009 F1 season. I managed to see him quite close, get an autograph and hand him a DVD of my video tributes.
Another F1 world champion who has apparently offered Kimi both inspiration and a pseudonym for races in both snowmobiles and powerboats.
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.
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.
Kimi founded his own Motocross World Championship team, Ice 1 Racing.
Kimi has also ventured into racing in the United States, making his debut in the Camping World Truck Series (see X).
This was the margin by which Kimi took the 2007 F1 world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Kimi has taken a total of 16 F1 pole positions, the latest at Magny-Cours in 2008.
Anything HRH can do… In 2008 Kimi appeared on a set of Finnish postage stamps celebrating his World Title.
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.
The Iceman is fond of anything freezing and white – with snowmobiles, snowboards and ice hockey among his favourite pastimes.
Kimi famously only had a total of 23 car races in his life before he made his F1. He won 13 of them…
No-one else dresses quite like Kimi in F1.
Winning the 2007 World Championship.
Kimi got married on 7th August 2016 to Minttu Virtanen.
We learned from Kimi’s NASCAR pit-to-car radio conversations that we should make sure he has enough in his drinks bottle…
Kimi is a big fan of yachting. He has one (a Predator Sunseeker) which he regularly used at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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 Lotus F1 Team, with some replacements by Evenstar.