The Malaysian Grand Prix could have been a much better race this year for Kimi Raikkonen, as a result it was his teammate in the public eye after the race and not him. In reality Kimi drove a brilliant race - dead last to 4th - so I have dedicated this weeks F1 in numbers to you.
1. He is Ferrari's most recent World Champion.
His biggest achievement in Formula One was winning the World Championship in 2007 with Ferrari, however that was 8 years ago now! A lot has changed since then, he has few words for the press, and keeps a very very private life. He's got short(ish) hair, drives for Ferrari, and looks set to take on a works Mercedes team for the championship. Hang on a minute? Credit where credit is due, to have won the championship in 2007 is something to be extremely proud of, not one single manufacturer was significantly ahead of the rest and the same for the drivers. Kimi, we here at RaceDepartment applaud you for that.
2. You thought Verstappen jumping into F1 from F3 was mad?
Kimi went from being a Formula Renault 2.0 driver to a McLaren GP driver in just over 12 months, with a Sauber race seat in between. Peter Sauber had to sign a performance delivery promise with the FIA in order for Kimi to race for the team that year, as the young Finn had only 23 single seater races under his belt. As a comparison, Max Verstappen managed to race in 49 F3 races (significantly faster than FR 2.0) before starting the 2015 season.
3. He founded and still owns a factory motocross racing team.
Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Race Team, most recently taking the MXGP overall win in Argentina.
4. He sometimes uses the pseudonym ‘James Hunt’ when racing.
In dedication to the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion - who is one of his heroes - when racing in snowmobile and powerboat races in Finland Kimi is seen on the entry list as James Hunt. In 2013 during the Monaco GP he raced with a special James Hunt helmet in homage to the 40 year anniversary of Hunt taking to the streets of Monaco in Formula One for the first time.
5. I don't speak Italian.
When he originally joined Ferrari he refused to learn Italian stating at a Ferrari press event in 2007, "I’m not going to a language school to learn Italian, that’s not what I came to do at Ferrari.”
6. Suzuka 2005
His greatest race win surely has to be Japan 2005. He started from 17th in a dry race (in those days a set of tyres had to last the race) and made a pass for the lead on the last lap to take the win.
7. Ever wondered why flat spots are bad?
Due to the tyre rule as mentioned above, we also saw Kimi have somewhat less successful but still high drama races, such as the 2005 European Grand Prix. We saw our favourite Finn retire from the race in a sensational way, after severely flat spotting his front right tyre and ultimately retiring from a race he could've so easily won.
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