Kimi Raikkonen is described as the fastest driver on earth. He entered kart racing in the year 1987 at the age of 10. There after he went on to win number of races. He came second in European Formula Super A championship in the year 1999. By the age of 20 he had won seven out of ten events in the British Formula Renault Winter Series. He also dominated the Formula Renault UK Championship when he won seven out of 10 events.
Based on these victories, he was given a chance to get into the Sauber Formula One team and was booked for the 2001 season after further testing his caliber. This called in for some criticism from its board since Raikkonen dint seem to have enough experience for entering the team. He although had an impressive debuting year with four points scoring finishes and eight finishes in the top eight. In 2002 he impressed McLaren and got to race in Ron Denni’s team. That year he finished in sixth place and along with his teammate who finished fifth in the constructor’s championship helped McLaren secure the third place. In 2003 Raikkonen faced many technical problems with his cars but still managed to give an impressive performance that year. Through 2003 to 2006 his performance was actually impaired because of the quality of cars. It still is impressive to see the way he performed and tried his best to score the points for his team and himself. In the year 2005 he received the Driver of the Year and the International Racing Driver of the Year awards from F1 Racing and Autosport, respectively.
After Michael Schumacher announcement his retirement in 2006, Ferrari replaced him with Raikkonen in the next season. He ended his term with McLaren finishing 5th place in the World Drivers’ Championship and with McLaren in the third position in the World Constructors’ Championship.
The next year with Ferrari was a good year for him although he did face a slump in his form a bit but managed to get back in time to win the season with the world championship title. The next season of 2008 dint seem as successful as the previous season. He finished third with 75 points. The year 2009 also saw him lagging behind but in the second half of the season he took Ferrari to its only win that year. His contract with Ferrari however was terminated with mutual agreement. He switched to world rallying at the end of last year.