Kimi Raikkonen is a Finnish Formula 1 driver with Scuderia Ferrari. He became an F1 driver champion after nine seasons of active participation in this sport. He has often been described as a man of few words who likes to make his speeches on the race track. For this reason and because of his cool attitude towards things, he was nicknamed Ice-Man.
Ice-Man is a force to be reckoned with in the world of Formula 1 racing. His dominant presence on the race track brings many questions from fans and the general public who want to learn a lot about him off the track. Here is everything there is to know about him, his family and his famous former and current wife, his size, his house, and some brief facts about Kimi Raikkonen.
Background Information on Kimi Räikkönen
The racing champion was born on 17 October 1979 in Espoo, a suburb of the Finnish capital Helsinki, Finland. He has an older brother named Rami Raikkonen. His parents, Matti and Paula, were road builders and office workers respectively. To supplement the family income, his father Matti sometimes had to work as a night taxi driver and bouncer for a club. They didn’t have much but we’re happy with what they had in their homestead in Espoo, which had an open landscape, ideal for Kimi and his brother to play as much as they wanted.
When Kimi Raikkonen was just three years old, he and his older brother went on a motorcycle tour on miniature motocross bikes that ran on training wheels. That was how he began to develop his racing talent. At the age of 10, Kimi was already taking part in kart races, and at the age of 15, he started to take part in kart races outside of Finland (Monaco).
Because he is good at what he does, he won his first kart race in Norway in 1998 when he was 19 years old. The Swiss Formula 1 team offered him a deal after he passed a test they offered him in September 2000 at the Mugello6 circuit. Kimi Raikkonen proved that he was faster at the wheel than any other driver by scoring a championship point in the Australian Grand Prix, his debut. Although he was a rookie, he showed quite an impressive performance. Sauber finished fourth in the 2001 championship with Kimi Raikkonen as the main driver.
Raikkonen won his first Malaysian Grand Prix in 2003 and finished second behind Michael Schumacher in the points classification of the year. He also finished second in 2005 when he was with McLaren, while in 2007 he won the Australian Grand Prix and ended the season with a victory for Ferrari. Kimi left Formula One towards the end of the 2009 season and returned to rallying after a series of contract negotiations with McLaren and Mercedes GP failed, including his refusal to sign with Toyota F1, which did not have a “race car to win” and did not offer him a good salary.
On 3 April 2010, he scored his first point in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the Jordan Rally, and later that year, on 18 September, he won his first rally race at the 2010 Vosgien Rally in France, winning all six stages of the tarmac rally.
In 2011, the talented driver formed his own rally team called ICE 1 Racing and thus took part in the 2011 World Rally Championship. Kimi finished eighth in the opening round of the Swedish Rally and seventh in the Portuguese Rally.
The year 2012 marked his return to Formula One and he made a stylish return by leading the Lotus F1 Team in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He finished the season in third place.
Family – Wife
Kimi Raikkonen is a married man. He was married twice and has two children with his current wife. His first wife was the former Miss Scandinavia 2001 and the Finnish model Jenni Dahlman. The two met in 2002 and married on 31 July 2004. Their marriage ended when they were divorced in 2014, after having been separated in 2013. They had no child together and the reason for their divorce was not disclosed.
The Finnish driver later fell in love with the fitness and underwear model Minna-Mari Virtanen and gave birth to a son, Robin Raikkonen her first child, on 28 January 2015. The couple and the parents of one were officially married on August 7, 2016, in a ceremony in Siena, Italy. Virtanen gave birth to her second child, a little girl, on May 16, 2017. They continue to live happily together and there were no rumors of their marriage.
Kimi Raikkonen is 175 cm or 1.75 m or 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 70 kg.
Kimi has a house in the island suburb of Kaskisaari Helsinki, Finland. He bought the house a few years ago for about $11.7 million and currently has a value of $17.8 million.
The luxurious house covers a total area of 526 square meters with a fascinating view of the ocean. It has a large living room with a modular kitchen and a stylish dining room. The house has 8 bedrooms and a garage large enough to accommodate four cars at once.
Besides an indoor swimming pool, a fireplace in the living room, a small outdoor garden, a spa, a jacuzzi, and a climate control system that provides comfort and relaxation despite the harsh Finnish climate, there is no lack of the latest home entertainment equipment.
Quick Facts About Kimi Raikkonen
|Full Name||Kimi-Matias Räikkönen|
|Birth Date/Horoscope||17 October 1979/Libra|
|Place of Birth||Espoo, Helsinki Finland|
|Height and Weight||Height 1.75 m, Weight 70 kg|
|Father and Mother’s Name||Matti and Paula Räikkönen|
|Marital Status/Wife||Married/Minna-Mari Virtanen|
|Number of Children||two|
|Pets||He has an Alsatian dog and a Jack Russel|
|Hobbies||Snowboarding and ice hockey|
|Net worth||$261 million|