|The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen by Kari Hotakainen|
|© 2018, published by Simon & Schuster|
|ISBN 9781471177668 (Hardcover) – English version|
Dubbed ‘the first and last authorised book’ on the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen reveals some startling revelations about the usually taciturn Finnish driver.
Published in his final season with Scuderia Ferrari, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen reveals the side of the man that few beyond his close family and friends have ever seen. To describe Räikkönen as private and enigmatic would be a masterstroke of understatement, such is the extent that he protects his privacy and gives so little away to the media.
He granted acclaimed Finnish journalist Kari Hotakainen exclusive access to his inner sanctum; he shadowed him at Grands Prix and at home, and spoke to members of Räikkönen’s family and close friends to create the most complete portrait of the veteran driver ever revealed to the public.
Here are just a few teasers: He is dyslexic. His raspy voice stems from a chilhood injury to his larynx. He grew up in poverty. He ran away from national military service to make it to a race and hid from the military police in a ditch because he was drunk. He never answers his phone. He sometimes pees in his car during qualifying because he can’t be bothered to get out of it during the session.
There are also the more surprising and vulnerable aspects of his character which are unearthed. He speaks candidly about the regret of not reconciling with his father before his sudden death, and about the break-up of his first marriage.
Featuring never-before-seen private photographs from the Räikkönen family collection, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen reveals a highly thoughtful man who is passionate about racing and utterly devoted – above all else – to his family.
His fans already know much about the action at the Grands Prix, his take on the politics of the sport and his fellow drivers. What makes this book truly special is how the private side of his life that he has, until now, guarded so carefully, is laid bare for fans to explore.
This is a terrific book.