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Kimi-Matias räikkönen – (Kimi Raikkonen) is a Finnish Formula 1 driver, world champion in 2007.
Kimi was born in 1979, in the Finnish city of Espoo. At the age of 10 years he has achieved the first successes in karting, and in 15 years, spoke for the first time outside Finland in Monaco. In 1998, he won first place at the North European Championships in karting in Norway. In 1999, the year he took second place in the European championship Formula Super A and took part in the European Cup Formula Ford. By the age of 20, he became the champion of the winter series, British Formula Renault, winning the first four races of the season. In 2000, the year Raikkonen won 7 of the 10 stages of the UK championship in the class Formula Renault.
These successes attracted the attention of Peter Sauber, who invited Kimi on the tests their team in Mugello. After the second and third test sessions in Jerez and Barcelona, Sauber signed with the Finn a contract for season 2001. However, many (among whom was the President of the FIA Max Mosley) were skeptical that such an inexperienced pilot was granted a superlicense Formula 1. At that time, on account of Kimi Raikkonen only had 23 Grand Prix in a similar car. Despite this, he got the superlicense and made his debut in Formula 1 Grand Prix of Australia 2001.
Kimi Raikkonen spent his first season quite successfully, four times finishing in the points. Through the efforts of Finn and his partner nick Heidfeld Sauber has won the fourth place in the constructors ‘ championship, which still remains their best achievement.
In 2002, Kimi Raikkonen was replaced in the McLaren team, Mika h? kkinen, retired Formula 1. In 2003 he first announced himself as a serious contender for the title. Mid-season Raikkonen was leading the championship, and only the explosion of the engine resulted in the loss of leadership. The rest of the season Kimi had the chance to become a champion, but eventually lost to Michael Schumacher just two points and became the Vice-champion.
2004 was not so successful. A revolutionary new model McLaren MP4-19 proved to be extremely unreliable and not very fast. Only in the middle of the season, the Grand Prix of France debuted a modification of the MP4-19B, and results Raikkonen began to improve. He took second place at Silverstone and won in Belgium, which allowed him to climb to seventh place in the championship.
In a year Kimi again fought for the title, but a large number of meetings did not allow him to hold on to Fernando Alonso, Finn again went to the Vice-championship. 2006 was a great year for Kimi Raikkonen last part of the British team. For the first time since 2002, he has not won a single victory, though, and showed stable results during the season.
In 2007, Kimi Raikkonen moved to Ferrari and won the first race of the Italian team. Two races before the end of the season, the Finn took third place in the championship behind 17 points from the championship leader (for victory accrue 10 points). However, the Finn won two victories in the last two races, while his rivals – Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton encountered problems and were unable to score a lot of points. Thus, Kimi Raikkonen won the title with a one-point advantage.
In 2008, the baton was passed to his team-mate – Felipe Massa – the Brazilian fought for the title until the last race, but luck did not smile on him, and it was only the Vice-champion title, while Kimi Raikkonen third in the championship. The following season, the race pace of the Ferrari was not allowed Finn to consistently compete for the top places, and Kimi was able to win only one victory in the season – Grand Prix of Belgium.
Towards the end of the 2009 season, Ferrari announced that Kimi will leave the team, despite the fact that he had a contract for next season. His place was taken by Fernando Alonso. It was expected that he will return to McLaren, but his talks with the British team have stalled. Then there were rumors about his possible move to Mercedes, but the team has invited Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Shortly before the announcement of the retirement from Formula 1, the Toyota team has actively expressed interest in the Finnish pilot, but he refused because he wanted to play for the team, able to fight for victory, and it did not work proposed by the Japanese royalty. In the absence of other options, Kimi Raikkonen retired from Formula 1.
In 2009-2010, Kimi Raikkonen took part in the world rally championship. After his retirement from the circus Maximus Finn signed a contract with the Citroen Junior Team for participation in the WRS in the 2010 season. He showed good results, and won his first victory in the rally, and in 2011 went on to perform in the team ICE 1 Racing. In the first race he finished eighth, and then another in Mexico, and then finished seventh in Portugal.
In 2012, Kimi Raikkonen came back in Formula 1 team Lotus. Grand Prix Abu-Dhabi 2012, he won his first victory after returning in the 2013 season he was able to beat the record for number of successful finishes in a row. His series came to an end in Belgium and was 27 finishes in the end zone in a row.

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