Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nick named the Ice Man is a Finnish racing driver. He currently drives for the Alfa Romeo Racing team. Kimi won the 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Championship with Ferrari, he competed in the World Rally Championship from 2010–2011. Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001. He was given his Super Licence from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) after a performance delivery promise by his team boss, Peter Sauber. He joined McLaren-Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the 2003 and 2005 championships to Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, respectively. Räikkönen switched to Ferrari in 2007, becoming the highest paid driver in motorsport with an estimated wage of $51 million per year. His move to Ferrari saw him secure his first Formula One World Drivers' Championship, beating McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point, as well as becoming one of the very few drivers to win in their first season at Ferrari.In 2008, Räikkönen was among the two Formula One drivers who made it into the Forbes magazine's The Celebrity 100 list.
Raikkonen’s path to the top of F1 racing began in his hometown of Espoo in southern Finland when, as a sports fanatic 11-year-old, he took up karting. In 2000 the veteran now switched to single-seaters for the first time. Choosing the UK Formula Renault series as his springboard, the previously title-less driver took the championship with seven wins, 316 points, and 6 pole positions, thus convincing several F1 teams that he is ready for a signing.
Getting the F1 Super license at 2001 season, playing for Sauber, Raikkonen got his first Championship point in his very first race at the Australian Grand Prix. After a solid debut year, he earned a signing from the McLaren, which lasted for 5years. In this span of 5 years at McLaren finished once as runner-up, twice at 7th place and once at 5th and 6th place before moving on to Ferrari.
Replacing Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen did justify it by going to win the championship finishing just one point ahead of Alonso and Hamilton. From then on it was Raikkonen the great and not anymore just a promising driver, finished at 3rd place in 2008 and at 12th place in 2009 after which Ferrari signed Alonso to replace Raikkonen for the 2010 season.
Break from F1
Raikkonen left Formula One for two years, after some failed negotiations with McLaren and Mercedes. In the two off years, Raikkonen tried his hand at the World Rally Championship and a one-off appearance in NASCAR’s Trucks and Nationwide Series.
Raikkonen made his comeback to F1 padlock through Lotus at the last races of 2011 season. Reassured everyone that his two-year sabbatical off F1 did no hindrance to his speed, by finishing at 3rd place at the end of 2012 season. Presuming his sublime form in following seasons earned him a comeback to Ferrari who signed him after Lotus was suffering financially paying heed to one of the richest F1 drivers whose current net worth is around $220 million now.
Though his homecoming hasn’t been that impactful, trailing way behind his partner by bigger margins from 2014 season. Overall the veteran has been consistently finishing the championship at around 4th place and securing his Ferrari contract. Raikkonen’s 2018 season has started off well with 2 podium finishes out of first 5, the veteran is known as ‘a man of few words’ is indeed propounding himself through his everlasting racing skills.
Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of 2018 season and will join the Sauber F1 team for the 2019 season. The Finn swapped seats with the youngster Charles Leclerc.