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Kimi Räikkönen – Profile

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen was born in Espoo, Finland in 1979.  He drives for the Formula One Lotus team.

Driver Summary

Name Kimi Räikkönen
Country Finland Finland
First Race Australian Grand Prix Mar 4th 2001
Last Race Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
First Pole European Grand Prix Jun 29th 2003
Last Pole French Grand Prix Jun 22nd 2008
First Win Malaysian Grand Prix Mar 23rd 2003
Last Win Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Nov 4th 2012
First Podium Australian Grand Prix Mar 3rd 2002
Last Podium Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Nov 4th 2012
User Ranking 135

Early Career

Räikkönen had a colourful early karting career. His first race outside Finland was in Monaco when he was 15. During that race, his kart’s steering wheel broke. He continued undeterred, informing the team mechanic by waving the steering wheel on the home straight.

Monaco proved to be a memorable kart race for Räikkönen again when he was thrown on the wrong side of the safety fence in a first lap crash. Again, not to be put out by such minor things, he continued driving until he ran out of road. Then he lifted his kart back on to the track and continued. He actually finished third.

This same determination saw Räikkönen take 1st in the Nordic Championship at Varna in Norway in ’98. By the time he was twenty, he had won the British Formula Renault winter series of 1999, and seven out of ten events in the Formula Renault UK Championship of 2000.

Formula One

In 2001 Räikkönen debuted for Sauber. He put in a strong performance with 9 points and 10th place in the drivers’ championship.

He joined McLaren and in 2002 and had another strong season. 2003 saw him take his first Grand Prix win in Malaysia and another ten podium finishes. He was Schumacher’s most consistent competition and finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship two points adrift of the German.

Reliability problems marred the 2004 season but he took an excellent victory over Michael Schumacher in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Reliability issues plagued him again in 2005 but he proved his worth in spite of this with a win at Suzuka where he placed 17th on the grid yet passed Fisichella on the final lap to win.

Another year of problems with car performance in 2006 saw him struggle. His own abilities secured him fifth but it’s his final season for McLaren.

In 2007 Räikkönen signed for Ferrari. With reliability problems behind him he goes on to take his first drivers’ championship title by a single point with 6 victories in total.

2008 was a mixed year. Started strong but form eludes him, particularly in qualifying. He resigned for Ferrari

The following season was lacklustre but he secured Ferrari’s only win in Belgium and came third in Monaco. Nevertheless he is out in favour of Alonso in 2010.

Räikkönen took a hiatus from Formula One in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  He pursued a career in rallying. He seemed to struggle to make much of an impression; his best finish was fifth in Turkey.

He signed to make his Formula One comeback with Lotus in 2012

Five podiums – of which three are second-place finishes – from the first 11 races illustrate the Finn is in a comeback mood. He wins the 18th round in Abu Dhabi. Third place in the standings after two seasons out reinforce Räikkönen’s reputation as a strong racer.

Kimi Räikkönen F1 Race Results And Qualifying Performances

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
177 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 8 10 1
176 2012 United States Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 4 6 8
175 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 4 1 25
174 2012 Indian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 7 7 6
173 2012 Korean Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 5 5 10
172 2012 Japanese Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 7 6 8
171 2012 Singapore Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 12 6 8
170 2012 Italian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 7 5 10
169 2012 Belgian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 3 3 15
168 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 5 2 18
167 2012 German Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 10 3 15
166 2012 British Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 6 5 10
165 2012 European Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 5 2 18
164 2012 Canadian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 12 8 4
163 2012 Monaco Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 8 9 2
162 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 4 3 15
161 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 11 2 18
160 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 4 14 0
159 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 10 5 10
158 2012 Australian Grand Prix 9 Lotus Renault 17 7 6
157 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 11 12 0
156 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 5 6 3
155 2009 Japanese Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 5 4 5
154 2009 Singapore Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 12 10 0
153 2009 Italian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 6
152 2009 Belgian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 6 1 10
151 2009 European Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 6 3 6
150 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 7 2 8
149 2009 German Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 9 Ret Radiator 0
148 2009 British Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 9 8 1
147 2009 Turkish Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 6 9 0
146 2009 Monaco Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 6
145 2009 Spanish Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 16 Ret Hydraulics 0
144 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 10 6 3
143 2009 Chinese Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 8 10 0
142 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 7 14 0
141 2009 Australian Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 7 15 Differential 0
140 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 6
139 2008 Chinese Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 6
138 2008 Japanese Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 6
137 2008 Singapore Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 3 15 Accident 0
136 2008 Italian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 14 9 0
135 2008 Belgian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 4 18 Spun off 0
134 2008 European Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 4 Ret Engine 0
133 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 6 3 6
132 2008 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 6 6 3
131 2008 British Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 3 4 5
130 2008 French Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 8
129 2008 Canadian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 3 Ret Collision 0
128 2008 Monaco Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 9 0
127 2008 Turkish Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 4 3 6
126 2008 Spanish Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 10
125 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 4 2 8
124 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 1 10
123 2008 Australian Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 15 8 Engine 1
122 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 10
121 2007 Chinese Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 2 1 10
120 2007 Japanese Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 6
119 2007 Belgian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 10
118 2007 Italian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 5 3 6
117 2007 Turkish Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 8
116 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 8
115 2007 European Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 Ret Hydraulics 0
114 2007 British Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 2 1 10
113 2007 French Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 10
112 2007 United States Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 4 4 5
111 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 4 5 4
110 2007 Monaco Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 16 8 1
109 2007 Spanish Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 Ret Suspension 0
108 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 6
107 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 6
106 2007 Australian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 10
105 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 2 5 4
104 2006 Japanese Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 11 5 4
103 2006 Chinese Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Throttle 0
102 2006 Italian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 1 2 8
101 2006 Turkish Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 7 Ret Collision 0
100 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 1 Ret Collision 0
99 2006 German Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 1 3 6
98 2006 French Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 6 5 4
97 2006 United States Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 9 Ret Accident 0
96 2006 Canadian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 3 3 6
95 2006 British Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 2 3 6
94 2006 Monaco Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 3 Ret Heat shield fire 0
93 2006 Spanish Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 9 5 4
92 2006 European Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 5 4 5
91 2006 San Marino Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 8 5 4
90 2006 Australian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 4 2 8
89 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 6 Ret Accident 0
88 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix 3 McLaren Mercedes 22 3 6
87 2005 Chinese Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 3 2 8
86 2005 Japanese Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 17 1 10
85 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 5 2 8
84 2005 Belgian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 2 1 10
83 2005 Italian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 11 4 5
82 2005 Turkish Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 1 1 10
81 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 4 1 10
80 2005 German Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 1 Ret Hydraulics/Engine 0
79 2005 British Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 12 3 6
78 2005 French Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 13 2 8
77 2005 United States Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 2 DNS Withdrew 0
76 2005 Canadian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 7 1 10
75 2005 European Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 2 11 Suspension/Accident 0
74 2005 Monaco Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 1 1 10
73 2005 Spanish Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 1 1 10
72 2005 San Marino Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 1 Ret Driveshaft 0
71 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 9 3 6
70 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 6 9 0
69 2005 Australian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Mercedes 10 8 1
68 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 3 2 8
67 2004 Japanese Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 12 6 3
66 2004 Chinese Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 2 3 6
65 2004 Italian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 7 Ret Engine 0
64 2004 Belgian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 10 1 10
63 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 10 Ret Electrical 0
62 2004 German Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 3 Ret Rear Wing 0
61 2004 British Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 1 2 8
60 2004 French Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 9 7 2
59 2004 United States Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 7 6 3
58 2004 Canadian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 8 5 4
57 2004 European Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 4 Ret Engine 0
56 2004 Monaco Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Pneumatics 0
55 2004 Spanish Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 13 11 0
54 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 20 8 1
53 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 19 Ret Engine 0
52 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Transmission 0
51 2004 Australian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 10 Ret Engine 0
50 2003 Japanese Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 8 2 8
49 2003 United States Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 1 2 8
48 2003 Italian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 4 4 5
47 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 7 2 8
46 2003 German Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Accident 0
45 2003 British Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 3 3 6
44 2003 French Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 4 4 5
43 2003 European Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 1 Ret Engine 0
42 2003 Canadian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 20 6 3
41 2003 Monaco Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 2 2 8
40 2003 Austrian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 2 2 8
39 2003 Spanish Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 20 Ret Collision 0
38 2003 San Marino Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 6 2 8
37 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 4 2 8
36 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 7 1 10
35 2003 Australian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Mercedes 15 3 6
34 2002 Japanese Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 4 3 4
33 2002 United States Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 6 Ret Engine 0
32 2002 Italian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 6 Ret Engine 0
31 2002 Belgian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 2 Ret Engine 0
30 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 11 4 3
29 2002 German Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Spin 0
28 2002 French Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 4 2 6
27 2002 British Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Engine 0
26 2002 European Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 6 3 4
25 2002 Canadian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 4 3
24 2002 Monaco Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 6 Ret Collision 0
23 2002 Austrian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 6 Ret Engine 0
22 2002 Spanish Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Rear wing 0
21 2002 San Marino Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Exhaust pipe 0
20 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 12 Wheel rim 0
19 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 Ret Engine 0
18 2002 Australian Grand Prix 4 McLaren Mercedes 5 3 4
17 2001 Japanese Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 12 Ret Collision 0
16 2001 United States Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 11 Ret Driveshaft 0
15 2001 Italian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 9 7 0
14 2001 Belgian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 12 Ret Transmission 0
13 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 9 7 0
12 2001 German Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 8 Ret Halfshaft 0
11 2001 British Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 7 5 2
10 2001 French Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 13 7 0
9 2001 European Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 9 10 0
8 2001 Canadian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 7 4 3
7 2001 Monaco Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 15 10 0
6 2001 Austrian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 9 4 3
5 2001 Spanish Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 9 8 0
4 2001 San Marino Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 10 Ret Steering 0
3 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 10 Ret Spun off 0
2 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 14 Ret Driveshaft 0
1 2001 Australian Grand Prix 17 Sauber Petronas 13 6 1

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