Wheels24.co.za | 'Sorry, the Iceman is sleeping' – The top 5 awesome Kimi Raikkonen moments that will have you laughing and admire his pure racing talent

Kimi Raikkonen is officially leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2018 season but during the course of his career he has created some pretty memorable moments.

Raikkonen started his Formula 1 career at Sauber and will return to the team in 2019 as he is replaced by Charles Leclerc.

He might not be the most successful driver on the grid but he remains one of the most popular and most loved.

His blunt responses, expressionless face and emotionless stares has garnered a cult following and the reason he is named the ‘Iceman’. 

READ: Kimi Raikkonen to leave Ferrari at end of 2018 – official

His carefree-attitude is priceless. During the 2009 Malaysian grand prix, the race was halted due to heavy rains. Most drivers remained in their cars but not Kimi. He removed his race clothes and raided the Ferrari fridge for ice-cream and a bottle of coke. In 2006, his car caught fire during the Monaco GP but instead of returning to the McLaren garage, he chose to walk to his private yacht, with his helmet still on his head.

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One of his most classic moments was the radio message during the 2012 Abu Dhabi grand prix; he exclaimed to race engineers: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” in response to team advice he was given. The icy one-liner has become a great print for F1 T-shirts.

His road to Formula 1 started in 1998 and he eventually made his professional debut with Sauber in 2001.

Take a look at some of Kimi Raikkonen’s best moments in Formula 1, in no particular order:

1. ‘Sorry, the Iceman is sleeping’

Most athletes are a bit nervous when it comes to their big debut, or in Kimi’s case, his first Formula 1 race in 2001. He has always kept interviews short and generally dislikes the limelight. 

To deal with all the publicity, or perhaps he was just being Kimi, the young driver decided to take a nap underneath a table in the Sauber garage. He was woken up 30mins before the race. Sadly we can’t find any footage of it, but napping seemed to be a regular occurrence as he was also not available for autographs during a grid walk during the 2013 Malaysian GP as he was catching some winks. 

2. ‘Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’

The ‘Iceman’ was just sick and tired of being told what to do repeatedly by team engineers when he famously said: “Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, you don’t have to remind me every 10 seconds.”

He eventually went on to claim victory for Lotus Renault in the ensuing race ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

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