Kimi & Minttu Raikkonen have attended a special launch event for the Ferrari star’s biography, which has been released today.
As one of Finland’s biggest sports stars, media attention in the country is very much focused on the Raikkonens today. Both Kimi & his wife Minttu are in attendance at the Restaurant Wallis in Helsinki where a live press event is taking place and being streamed by Finnish broadcaster MTV3.
As Formula 1’s eldest driver, and one of the most experienced, Kimi Raikkonen remains a firm fan favourite due to his idiosyncratic personality and refusal to conform to expected Formula 1 driver behaviour. He’s seen it all, entering Formula 1 with just 23 car races under his belt and immediately attracting the attention of Ferrari & McLaren. Replacing former World Champion Mika Hakkinen after just one season, he’s driven a lot of machinery: V10s, V8s, the current era Hybrids, as well as for big names such as McLaren, Ferrari, Sauber & Lotus.
As Ferrari’s most recent World Champion, Raikkonen remains incredibly popular and, while his career is very much in his twilight years, he remains at the pinnacle of performance in the sport. With such an illustrious career behind him, he has authorised Finnish author Kari Hotakainen to write an intimate biography about his life.
Raikkonen’s enigmatic personality and reluctance to discuss his private life means that the book attracted a bidding war for rights to publish. With the Finnish language edition now released, the english language translation is due out through Simon & Schuster on October 18th, the day before Raikkonen’s 39th birthday.
The book will primarily deal with Raikkonen’s career as an F1 driver, as well as his years away from the sport as he took part in the World Rally Championship with Citroen and as a privateer, before his successful return with Lotus in 2012. Exclusive photographs from Raikkonen’s own personal collection will also be included.