Kimi Raikkonen returned to Formula 1 in 2012 with Lotus after spending two years away from the sport trying his hand at rallying and NASCAR.
The Finn had left the sport after the 2009 season taking with him the badge of a world champion which he claimed in 2007 with Ferrari.
Despite spending his last two seasons in F1 with the Italian team without adequate results, Raikkonen's talent has never been in doubt.
He made his F1 debut in 2001 with Sauber after competing in only 23 races in junior categories, of which he won ten. He immediately made an impact in his maiden F1 race by scoring a point.
McLaren recognised his flair and signed him for the following year, to replace compatriot Mika Hakkinen, where he finished sixth in the championship.
In 2003, he claimed his first win in F1 and although he didn't add another one to his tally that year, he managed to take the title fight to the last race finishing runner-up behind Michael Schumacer.
2004 was a lacklustre season as McLaren failed to produce a competitive car but in 2005, he finished second in the standings again, this time behind Fernando Alonso.
In 2006, McLaren disappointed again with Raikkonen having then signed by Ferrari for 2007. The partnership worked immediately as the Finn grabbed the championship by one point trumping the drivers of his old team.
The final two years with Ferrari did not provide the desired results with the F1 fraternity questioning the Finnish driver's motivation.
But after a two year sabbatical, Raikkonen is back to prove his detractors that he has really missed the racing.