birth : 17 October 1979
Birthplace : Espoo
Marital status : Engaged to Jenni
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 70 kg
Wins : 0
Points scored : 33
Number of GP : 34
Pole Position : 0
Podiums : 4
First GP : 2001 (Melbourne)
Best result : 2
P R O F I L E
Kimi Räikkönen, a
native of Lappeeranta in Finland, began karting in 1991
and competed in national kart races, Class Mini and then
Class Raket Junior throughout 1991, 1992 and 1993. He
also participated in the Finnish Cup in 1993, when he
finished ninth. In 1994, he was able to improve to
second and as a consequence was able to move up to the
Formula A series in 1995.
He continued karting throughout the European series from
1996 to 1999 with some notable achievements. He was the
Finnish Formula A champion in 1997 and 1998, and was
also second in the European (karting) Grand Prix in 1998
and third in the Monaco Cup. In 1999, he entered his
first Formula Renault race, with Haywood, where he
2000 saw him competing in British Formula Renault
full-time, where he finished on the podium in all ten of
the races that he contested and secured the championship
crown despite only competing in those 10 events. Räikkönen
also took part in three rounds of the European Formula
Renault championship, where he won twice, took pole
position twice and set two fastest lap times.
At that time, he caught the eye of Peter Sauber, who
invited him to test for his formula1 team. The Swiss
outfit was so impressed with his performance that they
began contractual negotiations to secure him as their
second race driver for at least 2001.
The FIA, however, were not keen on granting such an
inexperienced driver with a Superlicence and Räikkönen
caused a storm of controversy when he finally obtained
his permit in December of 2000, despite only having
competed in 23 car races throughout his career, most of
which were in Formula Renault.
In order to get his licence, which was actually
provisional for the first few races, Räikkönen put in
a lot of testing kilometres at the end of 2000 to prove
he had the speed and ability to compete at the highest
levels. And even though in the final FIA vote to decide
whether or not to grant him the licence, Max Mosley, the
FIA president, voted against him, the young Finn got the
ok for a provisional licence.
The rest, as they say is history, and Räikkönen went
on to prove many pundits, as well as Max Mosley, wrong
with driving displays that one would expect in a driver
with at least a few years experience. Incredibly, the
Finn managed to qualify thirteenth for his first Grand
Prix and actually scored a point for his sixth place,
although this was achieved by the fact that BAR's
Olivier Panis was given a time penalty for overtaking
under a yellow flag and was subsequently demoted from
fourth to seventh. None the less, it was a great
The rest of the 2001 season also went well for the Finn,
notching up nine points from 10 race finishes, including
two excellent fourth places in Austria and Canada, and
although his team mate, Nick Heidfeld, produced better
results, the limelight seemed to always be on
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.
C A R E E
R H I G H L I G H T S
6th with 24 Points
debut season with Sauber, taking 9 points and
finishing 10th in the championship. Showed his
natural speed by taking 10 top ten qualifying
positions during the season.
Formula Renault champion, despite only contesting
two rounds. Competes in three rounds of the
European Formula Renault series, and takes two
wins, two pole positions and two fastest laps. He
retires from the third race with mechanical
in Finnish (Karting) Championship, class Formula
A. 10th in World (Karting) Championship, class
Formula Super A. 3rd in first Formula Renault
race, with Haywood Racing. Wins the Formula
Renault Winter Series with Manor Motorsport - he
takes four wins in four races.
Karting Champion. 1st in Nordic (karting)
Championship. 1st in Class Formula
Intercontinental A karting series. 2nd in European
Karting Grand Prix, class Super A. 3rd in Monaco
Cup, class Super A. Retired from 7th in the World
Championship, Formula Super A.
in Finnish Championship, Class Intercontinental A.
4th in Nordic Championship, Class Intercontinental
A. Competes in Karting Grand Prix races and World
in Karting Grand Prix Races (European Series),
World Championship races and Nordic Championship
races. 4th in Finnish Championship, Class Formula
up to Formula A. He wins his first race and
competes in the Monaco Cup for invited drivers,
where he retires from 4th position (on his
in national karting races, Class Raket. 9th in the
in national karting, Class Raket Junior.
in national karting, Class Mini.
part in Karting for fun, he wins some races in
Classes A, B and C.
receives his first Kart.