Kimi Räikkönen

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Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (born 17 October 1979 in Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish racing driver who formerly took part in the FIA Formula One World Championship. He made his debut at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, driving for Jordan as a stand-in to the injured James James Davies.

Kimi Räikkönen, pictured before his debut at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix.

Formula One

2001-2002: Jordan

Kimi Räikkönen was an unfamiliar name to the racing world before the 2001 season, previously taking part in Formula Ford and Formula Renault, as well as testing for Williams in 2000. Before the season, he was announced an official test driver for Jordan, and eventually made his Formula One debut in Canada - he qualified an impressive eighth, but unfortunately for the Finn, the Honda engine inside the EJ11 expired early into the race. He made three more starts after Davies was again injured, this time at Spa. His best finishes were two 9th places in the United States and Japan.

Räikkönen resigned with Jordan for 2002 but this time, his role has been promoted to full-time driver, partnering Japanese debutant Takuma Sato. After finishing eighth in the season opener at Albert Park, "Iceman" immediately delivered, scoring two fourth places in Malaysia and San Marino, before going into a slump and failing to score points in several races with the average machinery - until he scored again at the British Grand Prix. The Finn eventually finished the season in 10th place.

2003-2004: Sauber

Räikkönen impressed so much that Peter Sauber gave him an offer he could not reject, and therefore replaced David Coulthard in Sauber for 2003, partnering the Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais. He'd become a regular points scorer in the mid part of the season and finish in 11th overall.

He'd remain with Sauber in 2004, this time being joined by highly rated Australian Daniel Melrose - whom joined the team by virtue of being in Ferrari's young driver programme. Räikkönen struggled in the shortened 2004 season, only taking a handful of points finishes compared to his teammate, who outclassed him all season.

2005: Renault

Räikkönen set off for pastures new once again in 2005, this time landing himself a drive with the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team alongside pre-season favourite Fernando Alonso.

Formula 1 Results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 WDC Pts
2001 Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN
Ret
EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA
14
USA
9
JPN
9
21st 0
2002 DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 Honda RA002E AUS
8
MAL
4
SMR
4
ESP
9
AUT
7
MON
13
CAN
7
EUR
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
6
GER
11
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
BRA
9
USA
9
JPN
Ret
10th 7
2003 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A AUS
12
MAL
10
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
9
MON
Ret
CAN
5
GBR
12
EUR
12
GER
8
HUN
7
ITA
6
BEL
Ret
BRA
8
USA
10
JPN
10
11th 11
2004 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
10
MON
14
CAN
8
USA
11
CHN
Ret
BRA
5
ARG
11
KOR
C
JPN
Ret
16th 5
2005 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R25 Renault RS25 3.0 V10 AUS
5
MAL
2
BHR
7
SMR
7
ESP
10†
MON
2
EUR
Ret
CAN
3
USA
DNS
FRA
2
GBR
Ret
GER
5
HUN
2
TUR
1
ITA
Ret
BEL
1
BRA
3
URU
Ret
JPN
1
CHN
4
2nd 91
2010 Petronas Mercedes Team Europe Mercedes MGP 001 Mercedes FO 108X BAH1
Ret
BAH2
8
USA1
2
USA2
Ret
JPN1
12
JPN2
12
AUS1
8
AUS2
Ret
TUR1
10
TUR2
4
EUR1
7
EUR2
16
MON1
Ret
MON2
Ret
GBR1
8
GBR2
2
IRE1
11
IRE2
Ret
GER1
6
GER2
8
ESP1
5
ESP2
4
ITA1
9
ITA2
1
HUN1
4
HUN2
2
SIN1
Ret
SIN2
6
KOR1
Ret
KOR2
Ret
BRA1
Ret
BRA2 URU1 URU2 ABU1 ABU2 9th 166