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Kimi Raikkonen – A career in pictures

Enjoy photos from Kimi Raikkonen’s incredible career as the Finn is crowned F1 World Champion in 2007

In 1999, after a lengthy karting career, Kimi Raikkonen’s first significant success comes when winning the British Formula Renault Winter Series title. Then, in 2000, he wins seven of 10 races en route to the Formula Renault UK Championship.

 

Two wins in the European Formula Renault Championship lead to an F1 test with Sauber. After just 23 car races, Raikkonen is granted a superlicence to drive in F1

 

In his first grand prix with Sauber, he claims a point in Melbourne. He enjoys three other point-scoring finishes in Austria, Canada and Germany and starts to make a name for himself… (Photo: GhettyImages; Raikkonen, Montoya, Alonso, Bernoldi – All F1 new drivers back in 2001)

 

In 2002 he joins McLaren as replacement for fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen…

 

Raikkonen finishes third on his debut in Australia and sixth overall in the championship…

 

In 2003, he claims his first career win in Malaysia and finishes the season as title runner-up…

 

The 2004 season began with Räikkönen only claiming a single point in the first seven races.
At the Belgian Grand Prix, Räikkönen qualified 10th, but took the lead on lap 11 and held onto it to take McLaren’s only win of the season.
2005 – In the penultimate race of the year, at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, Räikkönen took his 7th victory of the season after starting 17th on the grid (as rain, and an engine failure for Räikkönen, had mixed up the qualifying grid). The win was secured when he overtook Renault driver Fisichella (who had started third on the grid, and had led most of the race) on the final lap – which Formula One journalist Peter Windsor thought the most impressive move of the race.

 

In 2005 he finishes second in the championship, behind Renault’s Fernando Alonso, after winning seven of 19 races…

 

However, the following year he endures a miserable final campaign with McLaren as he fails to win a race…

 

In 2007, he signs a three-year deal with Ferrari and wins on his debut…

 

Further wins in France, Britain, Belgium, China and Brazil sees him take the drivers’ championship by a single point…
In 2008, a below-par title defence yields two wins as Raikkonen is eclipsed by team-mate Felipe Massa…

 

In 2009, he finishes sixth in the drivers’ standings after just one win. Ferrari announce Raikkonen will be replaced by Fernando Alonso for 2010, paying off the remaining year of his contract and, on Nov 18, Raikkonen’s manager confirms the Finn will take a sabbatical year from F1 in 2010 after talks over a possible return to McLaren collapse…

 

On Dec 4, Raikkonen signs for the Citroen Junior Team, the deal ensuring the Finn will contest 12 of 13 rallies on the 2010 World Rally Championship calendar…

 

On April 3 2010, Raikkonen scores his first WRC points by finishing eighth on the Jordan Rally, but his move to rallying isn’t the success story he hoped for…

 

And he waves goodbye to the sport…

 

After months of speculation linking Raikkonen with a return to F1, a Williams team shareholder reveals talks have taken place with the Finn. Then, on Nov 29, after negotiations with Williams collapse, Raikkonen’s return to F1 is sealed as he agrees a two-year deal with Lotus.

 

On 29 October 2012, Lotus confirmed that Räikkönen would be racing with the team in 2013, after several weeks of speculation that Räikkönen had several other options for 2013.
On 17 March 2013 he won the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix despite starting from seventh, thanks to a two-stop strategy.

 

On 11 September 2013, it was confirmed that Räikkönen had agreed a 2-year deal to return to Ferrari.

 

Räikkönen remained with Ferrari for the 2015 season, partnering former world champion Sebastian Vettel after Alonso announced his departure from the Scuderia.
Räikkönen ended the season by finishing third in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take his third podium of the year and securing fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship.

 

2016 – Three podiums, Drivers standings – 6th position for Kimi

 

Räikkönen had his first pole position in 129 races at Monaco, qualifying just 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

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