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Unknown Kimi Raikkonen - Kari Hotakainen

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2018
ISBN: 9781471177668
Number Of Pages: 336

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'I loved it. I thought it was fascinating - really, really interesting story that he's got to tell... I've known him for years and I learned an awful lot.' Marc Priestley? Kimi Räikkönen is the Finnish superstar Formula One driver with a reputation for being fast on the track and silent off it - until now! In this superb and authorised portrait of Räikkönen, Kari Hotakainen gets to reveal the side of the man that few beyond his close family and friends have ever seen. Enigmatic and private, Ferrari's former world champion driver rarely opens up to outsiders, but he granted Hotakainen exclusive access to his world and to his way of thinking. It ensures that this will be a book that will delight all fans of motorsport, who have long revered the Finn. Including never-previously-seen photographs from his own collection, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen takes the reader into the heart of the action at grands prix around the world, behind the scenes as race strategies are planned, and opens up the private side of his life that he normally guards so carefully. With all the cult appeal of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the raw excitement of Formula One and the insight of the best biographies, this is a book every sports fan will want to treasure.

The Unknown Kimi


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


A great read.


A great read for those who are interested in Kimi Raikkonen and F1 in general. A great insight into a driver that is very personal and not one for the hype of the media. Couldn't wait to get it and haven't been disappointed.




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ISBN: 9781471177668
ISBN-10: 1471177661
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 18th October 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.61

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