The Finnish government has never before appointed anyone as an Ambassador for Sport, but it did so at a Sport Gala, held in Helsinki on Tuesday 17 January.
The recipient was none other than Kimi Raikkonen, who received the honour from Prime Minister Juha Sipila. Kimi’s presence at the gala had been kept secret right up until the last moment.
Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m not that used to making formal speeches. But I would like to wish all the best to the winners in every category, as well as those who missed out on the prizes this year. I would stress how important it has been in my case to have the support of my family and help from trustworthy colleagues and the people within the Ferrari Team, with whom I have worked for so many years now.”
In 2017, Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence.
Translation: “I want to congratulate all who got awarded today and all who didn’t. This is a great honour to get awarded. For whole my career I’ve had the pleasure of working with good people and good teams. Right now I’m working in one of the world’s best companies (Ferrari) and teams. The biggest thing for me (in my life) has been the ability to do all the thing my way. Sometimes there have been some mishaps. But all and all I’ve believed in my own thing and did just that. You don’t always have to do things like your neighbour does them. Sometimes doing things your own way gets you success.”
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]
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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.