Formula 1: Will Anyone Melt the Ice Man, Kimi Raikkonen?
Four races, two victories, a nine-point lead in the Championship table. Can anyone stop the fast-developing legend that is Kimi Raikkonen?
Since his move to Ferrari from Mclaren at the end of the 2006 season, he has never looked back. With a fast car and his natural raw talent and pace, I was not surprised that Kimi came back to steal the F1 crown at the last race in Brazil from under the noses of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
This was a guy who had come into F1 at the start of 2000 having only raced in 23 competitive car races since stepping up from karts. If he had not had his Super License given to him, who would have replaced him?
Getting a point in his first Grand Prix with Sauber was a remarkable feat for the young Kimi, and in that season alone, he managed to put his teammate Nick Heidfeld in the shade for some of the races.
Mclaren snapped him up for 2001. Two years later, he earned his first Formula One victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix. However, a mix of reliability issues in that year and in 2004 prevented him for mounting a serious title challenge.
He was a strong contender in 2005, but reliability problems struck again, and Fernando Alonso took the crown. The next year saw the fight between Alonso and Michael Schumacher, with Kimi put in the shade.
Replacing the legend that was Michael Schumacher was never going to be an easy task for the 2007 season, but Kimi took it like a duck to water, winning first time out in Melbourne.
But until France, he was put in the shade by talented teammate Felipe Massa. Then strong results came back to Kimi and...you know the rest, a well deserved first Formula 1 title that was a long time in coming.
To sum this guy up, he is a 29-year-old from Espoo in Finland who is the fastest man on the planet. He inherits the mantle of "The Flying Finn" from compatriot and double world champion Mika Hakkinen. Kimi Raikkonen, the "Ice Man" of Formula 1, will continue to take the sport by storm in years to come.
He has the talent, he has the car, he has the raw pace...need I say more?
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