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KIMI RAIKKONEN

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One of the sport's great mavericks of recent times, with a reputation for drinking and partying as hard as he raced. Scored a point in his first grand prix for Sauber before making his reputation with a five-year stint with McLaren which yielded total of nine wins.

He won seven grands prix in 2005 alone, but couldn't overcome a disastrous start to the season, due to poor reliability, that gave Renault's Fernando Alonso a massive headstart. The highlight of that season was charging to victory at Suzuka from 17th on the grid, passing Giancarlo Fisichella at the first corner of the last lap.

A big money switch to Ferrari in 2007 led to world championship success following an amazing comeback from 17 points behind thanks to victories in the last two grands prix of the season.

Turned his back on F1 for rallying for 2010 after being dropped by Ferrari for Alonso.

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STATISTICS

Born17 Oct 1979
Age37
Active years2001 - 2017
Champion2007
Presences256
Starts254
Wins20
Podiums84
Poles16
Front row34
Fastest laps44
Races led71

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