Kimi delighted to be at Monza again – It’s difficult to say how things will go here, this is the first real low downforce circuit and we have to wait until tomorrow practice to see roughly where we are. It would be nice to have a good weekend, in our home race, in front of our fans. For me none of the past races here in Monza have been ideal, my aim is always to win. Quite often I have had some good speed but something always happened and I couldn’t be on the top. It’s always nice to come to Monza, it has a lot of history and it would be a shame not to come back to this place. We’ll try our best to offer a good result to the fans. [via ferrarif1.com]
Hundreds of fans queued outside of Ferrari store waiting for the arrival of the Formula 1 driver. Ferrari fans from near and far began queuing early this the morning in anticipation of Kimi Räikkönen’s appearance at the Ferrari Store. On the eve of the Monza Grand Prix, the Formula 1 driver visited the recently opened Ferrari Store in central Milan to greet staff and fans. Kimi enjoyed seeing the store for the first time and got behind the wheel of one of the Formula 1 simulators available to customers in the store’s Simulator Center on the lower-ground floor. Of the five different circuits (Monza, Imola, Mugello, Silverstone and Nürburgring) available, naturally Kimi chose to have a go on the Monza track to warm up for the weekend’s race. Afterwards, the driver took the time to sign hundereds of autographs and greet fans of all ages.
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]
- Kimi Räikkönen vs. Finnish Press
- Kimi Räikkönen GoPro
- Santander Press Conference with Kimi Räikkönen – PART 1/2 | PART 2/2
GALLERY / VIEW IN FULL
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.
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]
Kimi drives the F10:
Goodwood FoS 2015 – Crofty as Kimi’s mechanic https://t.co/MkJaUcTnqe Kimi bringing the fuel 😂
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Kimi meets with Lord March and Ken Block: