Written by By Caleb Delan
As Kimi Raikkonen left the paddock at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday, the Formula One star wrote a now famous quote.
“All good things must come to an end,” he said.
In racing though, the 38-year-old Finn has been famous since his first Formula One debut as a 19-year-old in 2001 at Brabham in Australia.
He has scored nearly half of the victories for the Mercedes-powered Sauber and Ferrari teams since.
The Scandinavian champion is best known for his love for time travel, during which he can be seen in a poster space jumping off a cliff at Grand Prix Stages.
In an image produced by the International Dairy Federation for National Milk Day, he also poses on the icy coastline of Europe, looking at a snow-covered lake.
“A true world champion,” boasts the Dairy Federation website about its late Cold Regions ad campaign.
Raikkonen’s love for chocolate and Formula One — his Ferrari-backed team has become the sport’s first winner of the coveted Team of the Year honor, since McLaren in 2000 — is all very well but has had an off-putting effect on former sponsors who have received less attention.
Away from his participation in the sport, Kimi Raikkonen has had a love for time travel as depicted in this image
A hot potato
Other issues have dogged the Finn. Two of his first three subsequent world championships, which earned him six championships, have been ruined by incidents when rivals tried to cause incidents.
He was second to Felipe Massa in Brazil in 2009, an angry and infuriated Raikkonen smashed into the Brazilian’s Williams, breaking the suspension, undoing his car’s wing and the steering column, and leaving Massa in hospital with a fractured vertebra.
In Hungary six months later, the Finn prevented Massa from clearing the path for the stewards to hand-over the championship lead to eventual champion Sebastian Vettel by ending up on the side of the Brazilian’s Ferrari in a collision with defending champion Fernando Alonso.
Despite all the bluster and banging into rivals, Raikkonen has always been talked up as a racing, if not a sensitive, human being.
Alonso was happy to work out what was going on as he explained in a later interview with Ferrari Magazine.
“It was a bit of a misunderstanding,” Alonso said. “We had a six-lap speed duel and I said to Kimi ‘OK, how do you like to move into the corner on the straight?’”
Raikkonen may have been unmoved by the racing, but when the owner of D&G appeared on Italian television to talk about his star driver’s car, things got particularly rowdy.
“Kimi,” begins Giorgio Armani, “What is it like to ride on the side of Kimi’s car?”
When the camera then pans up to the back of the vehicle, it is overwhelmingly a car, full of international and world-famous celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
“But what do you think, the Gabbana team, I’ve got D’angelo and Stefano not far away from Kimi and his car?” replied Armani, to general laughter.
“What is it, huh? Kimi? A little bit of the Dolce & Gabbana?” replied Dolce.