It hasn’t been the easiest week in the world of Formula 1. However, you can always count on Kimi Räikkönen to provide some kind of distraction. Although hardly known for engaging with the media, the official Ferrari video ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix is a new level of Kimi:
What amazes us more at ESM, is the fact Ferrari still went ahead and published it on their YouTube channel. Perhaps they realise the amusement and entertainment value Kimi brings or, perhaps, with him seemingly about to be sold down the river for Valtteri Bottas, they don’t even care anymore.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that the ‘Ice Man’ has been in F1 since 2001, driven for Sauber, McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari (twice), and won almost 10% of the races he has entered. Along with his F1 World Drivers’ Championship in 2007, Kimi also placed second in 2003 and 2005, in addition to a third place in 2008. In short, he’s been a fairly impressive driver in his lengthy career.
However, his lack of interest in pleasing the media has been existent since his early days, and in a world of stage management and corporate nonsense, Kimi has always proven to be happily anti-establishment. It’s why he’s responsible for ESM‘s favourite F1 TV soundbite, ever.
Whatever happens to Kimi and his Ferrari seat, we hope he remains in Formula 1. The sport would be a much more boring, and slightly less weirder, place without him.