THE UN­KNOWN KIMI RÄIKKÖ­NEN

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Au­thor Kari Ho­takainen Price £20 si­mo­nand­schus­ter.co.uk

Even if you are not a fan of the 2007 world cham­pion, this new biography of Kimi Räikkö­nen – ex­tracts of which ap­peared in the Novem­ber is­sue of F1 Rac­ing to co­in­cide with the on-sale date of the English lan­guage trans­la­tion – is well worth a read.

The orig­i­nal Fin­nish ver­sion of this de­tailed ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the enig­matic Fer­rari racer first ap­peared in the sum­mer. The Fin­nish au­thor ad­mits he’s not an au­thor­ity on mo­tor rac­ing, but that doesn’t de­tract from the story as he man­ages to gain ac­cess to Räikkö­nen and his fam­ily, get­ting the chance to in­ter­view his com­pa­triot and delve deep into the psy­che of a man who is typ­i­cally ret­i­cent in the pub­lic eye.

There are a num­ber of rev­e­la­tions in the book, in­clud­ing a chap­ter en­ti­tled ’Six­teen Days’ that charts a mammoth party ses­sion Kimi had with his mates, be­tween GPS, in the spring of 2012.

The text is ac­com­pa­nied by some fan­tas­tic, pre­vi­ously un­seen, pic­tures from Kimi’s per­sonal archives, in­clud­ing many from when he was a child and some of those late-night ac­tiv­i­ties with his friends. It won’t take you long to read, but you’ll be glad you did.

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