THE UNKNOWN KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN
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.