Team Scuderia Ferrari
Nationality Finland
Date of Birth 17 Oct 1979
F1 Debut Australia 2001 with Sauber Petronas
F1 Team Sauber • McLaren • Ferrari • Lotus • Ferrari

Kimi Räikkönen

In Singapore

Räikkönen in Singapore:

2008 Ferrari: qualified 3rd, finished 15th (Kimi still holds the Singapore lap record of 1:45.599)
2009 Ferrari: qualified 13th, finished 10th
2010: did not race
2011: did not race
2012: Lotus: qualified 12th, finished 6th
2013: Lotus: qualified 13th, finished 3rd

Kimi Räikkönen it seems is a man who likes to spring surprises. In 2012 he surprised many by returning to Formula OneTM after a two year absence, to prove to be as competitive – and combative – as ever at the wheel of the Lotus Renault car.

It led not just to a comeback victory – the 20th of his career – in Abu Dhabi, but also to a now legendary radio message, which indicated that the Finn was back in Formula One™ on his terms, not others. When told by his race engineer what he should do as he took the lead at Yas Marina, he replied "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing".

Kimi’s win wasn’t an isolated result either. He scored a further six podium results in 2012, then won the first race of the 2013 season in Australia, before recording a further seven podium finishes last season.

Now Räikkönen is back at Ferrari. The Scuderia of course gave Kimi the world champions’ title in 2007, but equally left him so disillusioned with the sport by the end of 2009 that he left. The big question this season is can “The Iceman” keep his cool with Alonso, or could he melt in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Ferrari?