KIMI RAIKKONEN, 2007
“Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.” When Steve McQueen, who owned one of Ferrari’s handsomest creations, the 275 GTB/4, said those words he didn’t have an eye on his future reputation as the King of Cool. No – he meant it, as anyone with even a passing acquaintance of McQueen’s fondness for two and four-wheeled thrills will know.
Of course contemporary motor racing compares poorly with the fumes and fatalities that peppered the sport in the days when McQueen would don race leathers. Gone is the spirit of invincibility and abandon, and with it a generous measure of ugly machismo, but some traditions are evergreen, as evidenced by this shot of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen sloughing a shedload of rubber from the rear wheels of his Ferrari 248 F1, t from a new book celebrating the Italian marque.
It ain’t big and it ain’t clever, but as countless pilots of albeit less sophisticated machines – past and present – will agree, doughnuts are a fun way to wait before the lights turn green and life begins in earnest.
Ferrari: Under the Skin by Andrew Nahum is published by Phaidon, priced £39.95. An exhibition of the same name is at the Design Museum, London, until April 15