Kimi-Matias Raikkonen was born in Espoo, Finland on 17 October 1979. He first tried karting at the age of three before going on to enjoy great success in this discipline, as from 1989. He won the Nordic Kart Championship at Varna, in Norway in 1998 and was second in the European Formula Super A Karting Championship in 1999. Switching to single-seaters, he then won the UK Formula Renault Championship in 2000. After taking part in several test with Sauber in Formula 1, Raikkonen signed for the Swiss team for the 2001 season, when he finished in the point four times. In 2002, he joined McLaren, ending the year sixth, while the following year he came second, just two points behind Michael Schumacher. He spent two more years with the British team, before joining Ferrari in 2007 and winning the World Championship that same year. He left the Scuderia at the end of 2008, spending 2009 and 2010 competing in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR. He then returned to Formula 1 with Lotus in 2012, where he spent two seasons. He rejoined the Scuderia in 2014, finishing eleventh in that year’s championship, while in 2015 he was fourth.