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

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
2014 Ferrari: qualified 7th, finished 8th
2015 Ferrari: qualified 3rd, finished 3rd
2016 Ferrari: qualified 5th, finished 4th

One more year at the top

Kimi Raikkonen is Ferrari’s most recent world champion; he won his first and as yet, only, world title in 2007 with the Scuderia.

He quit Formula One at the end of 2009, after being outperformed by his then Ferrari teammate, Felipe Massa, and turned his attention to the World Rally Championship. But he surprised many by returning two years later with Lotus – and was straight back on the pace.

In 2012, he secured his 20th career victory, in Abu Dhabi, and has become famous for a legendary radio message in that race, 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”.

That impressive form continued in 2013, with the Finn winning the season opener in Australia before recording a further seven podium finishes. When Lotus’ form dipped towards the end of the season, Raikkonen signed for a second stint at Ferrari, this time alongside Fernando Alonso.

Unfortunately, the return was not a success with the Finn struggling to get to grips with an underperforming car. He was comprehensively beaten by Alonso and failed to get a single podium, with fourth in Belgium his best result in 2014.

Raikkonen returned to the podium last year as Ferrari made a significant step forward and he finished fourth in the final standings. His new teammate Sebastian Vettel beat him convincingly, although Raikkonen did suffer the worst of the team’s reliability woes.

The Finn was much closer to Vettel in 2016 – particularly in qualifying – and Ferrari rewarded him by renewing his contract early in the season. Raikkonen’s past achievements and talent means Ferrari boasts arguably the strongest driver line-up on the grid.