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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

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COUNTRYPOLES
Finland16
DATE OF BIRTHPODIUMS
1979101769
DRIVER NUMBERFASTEST LAPS
937
RACESCAREER POINTS
175786
WINSWORLD CHAMPS
191

driver profile

K.Raikkonen
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.

Driver Report

season so far

Race Date Grid Finish Pts. Total Pts.
Spanish 12/05 4 2 18 18
Bahrain 21/04 8 2 18 36
Chinese 14/04 2 2 18 54
Malaysian 24/03 10 7 6 60
Australian 17/03 7 1 25 85
Brazilian 25/11 8 10 1 86
United States 18/11 4 6 8 94
Abu Dhabi 04/11 4 1 25 119
Indian 28/10 7 7 6 125
Korean 14/10 5 5 10 135
Japanese 07/10 7 6 8 143
Singapore 23/09 12 6 8 151
Italian 09/09 7 5 10 161
Belgian 02/09 3 3 15 176
Hungarian 29/07 5 2 18 194
German 22/07 10 3 15 209
British 08/07 6 5 10 219
European 24/06 5 2 18 237
Canadian 10/06 12 8 4 241
Monaco 27/05 8 9 2 243
Spanish 13/05 4 3 15 258
Bahrain 22/04 11 2 18 276
Chinese 15/04 4 14 0 276
Malaysian 25/03 10 5 10 286
Australian 18/03 17 7 6 292

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