- Antonio Giovinazzi
- Alexander Albon
- Valtteri Bottas
- Pierre Gasly
- Romain Grosjean
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Hülkenberg
- Jordan King
- Jordan King
- Robert Kubica
- Daniil Kvyat
- Charles Leclerc
- Kevin Magnussen
- Lando Norris
- Sergio Perez
- Kimi Räikkönen
- Daniel Ricciardo
- George Russell
- Carlos Sainz Jr
- Lance Stroll
- Max Verstappen
- Sebastian Vettel
|First race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 4, 2001||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||March 17, 2019||Race results|
Nicknamed 'the Iceman', for his cool, unflappable character, Raikkonen showed talent from an early age and made his karting debut at ten. He progressed through the lower formula - Formula Ford, Formula Super A and Formula Renault - and in 2000 won seven out of ten races to win the Formula Renault UK Championship.
His form was enough to merit a test drive with Sauber in September 2000, and he was given a race seat for the 2001 season, with just 23 car races under his belt. Nonetheless, he joined an elite group of drivers to have scored points on their F1 debut, finishing sixth in Melbourne. Raikkonen picked up nine points in his rookie season, and secured a move to McLaren, taking the place of former world champion and fellow Finn, Mika Hakkinen. Despite technical issues blighting his season, he ended the year sixth, enjoying his first ever podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen's first race win came in Malaysia in 2003, beating second-placed Rubens Barrichello by an impressive 39 seconds after qualifying seventh. He took ten podium's that season, sealing second place in the drivers' standings, just two points behind Michael Schumacher, who won the title for the sixth time.
After a disappointing 2004 season, scoring just 45 points compared to his previous year's 91, 2005 saw Raikkonen win seven races and score 112 points, equalling Alain Prost's 1984 record of the most wins in a season without winning the title.
After five years with McLaren, Raikkonen joined Ferrari in 2007 to replace Michael Schumacher. Far from being nervous about replacing the seven-time world champion, he went on to win the title in his first year at Ferrari, beating Lewis Hamilton by a single point at the final race of the season. However, an investigation into fuel irregularities meant he had to wait nearly a month to be confirmed as champion.
He failed to retain his drivers' crown the following year, finishing third behind Hamilton and team-mate Felipe Massa. In 2009 he was listed by Forbes as the second-highest paid athlete in the world behind Tiger Woods, but a disappointing season followed with Ferrari struggling for pace in the opening part of the season. He managed just one race victory, in Spa, and finished sixth in the championship.
In September 2009 Ferrari confirmed a deal with Alonso, meaning Raikkonen would leave Ferrari with a year remaining on his contract -- allowing him to pursue a second career as a rally driver while enjoying a $25 million Ferrari pay off. His love affair with rallying didn't translate into results, however, and after a brief dalliance with NASCAR it was clear he desired a Formula One return.
He entered talks with Lotus and Williams, ultimately agreeing terms with the former to lead the Enstone-based team into battle in 2012. Expectations were mixed but Raikkonen simply got on with his job and scored points at 19 of the season's 20 races. After some near misses around the middle of the season, the first victory of his return came at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a well-deserved victory from fourth on the grid. Any remaining doubts about Raikkonen's desire to go racing were cast aside and he entered 2013 as one of the most highly-rated drivers on the F1 grid.
Having won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Raikkonen continued to deliver consistently and Mark Webber's decision to retire saw him named as the favourite to join Vettel at Red Bull in 2014. Eventually Red Bull opted for youth over experience and promoted Daniel Ricciardo from Toro Rosso, but it was announced in September that Raikkonen would make a surprise return to Ferrari as Fernando Alonso's team-mate. He failed to compete the 2013 season with Lotus too as missing payments convinced him to go for surgery on an existing back problem earlier than planned and him miss the final two races of the year.
His return to Ferrari was the source of much intrigue, with many expecting a competitive battle between Raikkonen and Alonso. However, that never materialised as Raikkonen struggled with the uncompetitive F14-T and its lack of front-end grip. He had to wait 12 races until he beat Alonso in a race and he finished the year languishing in 12th in the drivers' championship -- the worst season of his career.
He stayed with Ferrari for 2015, but despite better results and a better car was still overshadowed by the performance of new team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The same was true in 2016 and 2017, yet Ferrari continued to extend his contract on rolling one-year deals.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Undoubtedly gifted, Raikkonen's laid back approach to racing is well known. Without a competitive car at his fingertips he appears demotivated and his second stint at Ferrari has been underwhelming throughout.
Winning the 2007 world championship in his first year at Ferrari. Going into the final race of the season in Brazil, Raikkonen was third in the drivers' standings, but in a dramatic ending, Raikkonen won the race ahead of team-mate Massa. Rivals Alonso and Hamilton could only manage third and seventh respectively, and the Finn won his first title by a single point.
Being comprehensively beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso on his return to Ferrari in 2014. He managed to finish in the top five just twice.
"I don't know why you always come up with motivation. If I didn't have motivation I wouldn't be here answering these kinds of questions. It's fuck all to do with that." Raikkonen bites back at journalists questioning his motivation during his difficult 2014 season.
"What I do in my private life doesn't make me drive any slower."
"Kimi lives in another world; on another planet. He isolates himself. If he feels pressure, then it's only because he has put it on himself. Nothing that is coming from the outside affects him at all - and that is unbelievable." Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali
Raikkonen was asleep until half an hour before going to the grid for his debut race in Australia.