Kimi Raikkonen

Formula 1 Drivers 2012 - Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen is known as the "The Iceman" for his his laid back approach to both racing and life in general. However, this has not stopped Raikkonen becoming one of the top drivers in Formula 1 and this was confirmed when he became World Champion in 2007.

Raikkonen was born in Finland and made his Formula 1 debut in 2001 with the Sauber Team before moving to the McLaren Mercedes Team and now drives for the World Famous Ferrari Team. Raikkonen is said to be so laid-back that he was still asleep just half an hour before making his F1 debut in 2001, he went on to win a point in that race.

Raikkonen had the honour of replacing the retired Michael Schumacher at Ferrari in 2007 in a move that reportedly made him the highest earning driver in Formula 1, he is estimated to be on $51million a year. In his first year at Ferrari he delivered the World Championship by overcoming both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by just 1 point.

Raikkonen took a break from Formula 1 for a couple of years to try his hand as a rally driver but he will return to the sport in 2012 with Lotus F1. There had been rumours that the former World champion was itching to return to the sport and that has proven to be the case with Lotus outting their faith in him as their number one driver.

Raikkonen is married to former model and Miss Scandinavia Jenni Dahlman and currently live in Switzerland. He maybe an Ice Man off the track but his return to the sport in 2012 can only be a good thing and he will be the sixth Formula 1 World champion on the grid this season.