Räikkönen, long linked to Sauber's engine supplier Ferrari, sufficiently impressed Mc Laren to earn a race seat in Ron Dennis's team for 2002, taking the seat left vacant by double-world champion, mentor and fellow Finn Mika Häkkinen.
followed shortly by an announcement from Ferrari-affiliated Sauber Alfa Romeo stating that Räikkönen had been signed on a two-year contract for 20, with Sauber's rookie Charles Leclerc switching to Ferrari in his place.
In the World Rally Championship, Räikkönen drove a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team in 2010, and a Citroën DS3 WRC for ICE 1 Racing in 2011.
; born 17 October 1979), nicknamed "Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing.
He won the 2007 Formula One World Championship in his first season at Scuderia Ferrari.
In 1998 he was 1st in the Nordic Championship at Varna in Norway.
In 1999, Räikkönen placed second in the European Formula Super A championship for the Dutch PDB Racing Team – run by 1980 world champion Peter de Bruijn – utilising a Gillard chassis. By the age of twenty, he had won the British Formula Renault winter series of 1999, winning the first four races of the year.Undeterred, he lifted his kart back onto the track and continued to race.His mechanic thought Räikkönen had retired, but he eventually caught up with the other competitors and finished third.Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001, having competed in only 23 car races previously.He joined Mc Laren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the championship to Michael Schumacher in 2003, and Fernando Alonso in 2005.His stint in the WRC saw him beat some more experienced rally drivers with a best result of fifth, a stage win and 10th in the championship in both seasons.