Date of Birth: 17 Oct 1979
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Marital status: Engaged to Jenni
Points Score: 33
Number of GP: 34
Pole Positions: 0
First GP: 2001 (Melbourne)
Best Result: 2nd
Current Team: McLaren Mecerdes
||Karting, Finland champion|
||2nd in Karting Formula A (Finland), 10th in Formula Super A (World)|
||Formula Renault UK champion|
||Formula 1 (Sauber), 10th with 9 points.|
||Formula 1 (McLaren), 6th with 24 points.|
Kimi Raikkonen cut his teeth in national and
international kart racing from the age of ten, before taking up car racing in
1999. Here he competed in four races for Haywood Racing, finishing third in his
first outing before retiring from the next three due to technical problems. He
also competed in the Formula Ford Euro Cup where he finished fifth, but
unfortunately, his final entrance into the Formula Ford Festival, saw him forced
out of contention. Signing for Manor Motor Sport, he won four races out of four
starts to secure the Formula Renault Winter series.
Staying with Manor,
2000 saw the young Finn competing in the British Renault Championship, taking
the title with relative ease after securing seven wins out of the ten races
contested, however he stood on the podium for every race and took seven pole
positions and six fastest laps. During the same year, he also competed in the
Formula Renault series where he took two wins, two poles and two fastest laps.
Out of the 23 races contested, Kimi has a success rate of more that 50%, winning
a grand total of 13, making team boss, Peter Sauber sit up and take notice.
He then made his Formula One debut for the Swiss based Formula One team
in 2001, after only competing in 23 car races, none of which involved F3 or
F3000. However the FIA granted him the necessary Super Licence because of the
promising performances the young Finn has displayed in earlier testing. The
first time Kimi got behind the wheel of Formula One car was September 2000,
before further sessions in Jerez and Barcelona three months later.
debut season produced some superb performances and he helped the team to their
highest ever finish, fourth place overall in the constructors battle. Despite
the negativity surrounding his entrance into the sport, his strong drives didn't
go unnoticed and he was chosen by McLaren to take the place of double world
champion, Mika Hakkinen, who opted for a sabbatical in 2002, and 2003 see him in the Mitsubishi Rally car.
The young Finn put in some superb performances throughout 2002, out qualifying
his more experienced teammate David Coulthard on several occasions. He also came
extremely close to winning his first ever race, but unfortunately the
22-year-old driver ran wide at the Adelaide hairpin due to oil on the circuit
from Allan McNish's blown Toyota engine, handing victory to Michael Schumacher.
Hopefully that maiden win, plus more, will be forthcoming in 2003.