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Kimi Räikkönen
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Räikkönen at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix
Born (1979-10-17)October 17, 1979
Espoo, Finland
Achievements 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Champion

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (born 17 October 1979), nicknamed "Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing. He won the 2007 Formula One World Championship, in his first season at Scuderia Ferrari. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, he competed in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011, then returning to Formula One from 2012. Prior to the 2019 season, Räikkönen has won 21 Grands Prix, making him the Finnish Formula One driver with the most race wins.

Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001, carrying only 23 car races under his belt. He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the championship to Michael Schumacher in 2003 and Fernando Alonso in 2005. Räikkönen's move to Ferrari in 2007 saw him crowned Formula One World Drivers' Champion. In 2008 he equalled the record for fastest laps in a season, for the second time.

In the World Rally Championship 2010 and 2011, Räikkönen drove a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team. Räikkönen also competed in NASCAR.

Räikkönen left Scuderia Ferrari and the sport after the 2009 season. On his return to Formula One, Räikkönen drove for Lotus in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Ferrari announced their re-signing of Räikkönen, beginning in the 2014 season, this contract was extended until the end of the 2018 season.

In September 2018 Räikkönen signed on a two-year contract with Sauber Alfa Romeo, the Ferrari-affiliated Formula 1 team for 2019 and 2020. Forbes magazine listed Räikkönen 36th in their 2008 'Celebrity 100' as the 26th highest paid celebrity and fifth highest paid sportsman. The same list in 2009 listed him as the second highest-paid athlete.

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