I am a true fan of motor sport, having followed it since a babe in arms at UK tracks where my father was clerk of the course; I've attended muddy local stock car events, forest rallies, car club meetings, you name it. In F1 & Rally there is no doubt that the Finns are a great gift to motor sport; they are often enigmatic and usually pretty good. For myself & so many, Kimi is favourite for many, many reasons; I couldn't wait to read the book. But I was disappointed. Sure there were lots of interesting tid bits with a few insights and clearly he is a lovely, decent, hugely talented guy who has done very well from the most unpropitious beginnings but too obviously this is not written by a knowledgeable racing enthusiast. The writing is as uneven & bumpy as a rally route; it displays a lack of knowledge and a propensity to including irrelevant & distracting information, such as the episode of the drunken Australians. Missing is the informed detail about why he won only one championship when clearly his talent, (well acknowledged by Schumacher), combined with Ferrari &/or McLaren should have provided him with three; why did he 'disappoint' there, yet exceed expectations at Lotus; what is it that drives him, what is it that - despite his apparently phlegmatic personality - upsets him and prevents him achieving? All this I want to know and yet, after reading this book, I still have no idea. Of course, after reading 'The Mechanic' I know about McLaren's failures and I can see for myself that Ferrari without Todt, Newey & Brawn was never going to be so successful but I want to read this in the context of Raikkonen and how his own character fits in with all this. I am none the wiser ... but, of course, I had to own the book and the Haiku one too!
South Coast NSW