VIDEO: Kimi ‘Iceman’ Raikkonen Comically Puts F1 Teammate at Risk With Frigid Temperatures

Published 11/04/2021, 8:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Kimi Raikkonen, known for his “ice-cold” yet funny personality, never stops living up to his image. Even if it takes freezing his Alfa Romeo teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi. The duo continues to have the most underrated relationship on the grid, as Raikkonen bullied his junior for yet another funny moment in the books.

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The Finnish driver, it seems, thrives in the cold; the race in sunny Austin must have been difficult for Raikkonen. So much to the point that Giovinazzi couldn’t bear it! A recent video shared by Alfa Romeo shows the two drivers hilariously fighting over the AC in Kimi’s car.

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As Antonio increased the temperatures in the car, Raikkonen swatted his hand away. “This is my car,” was Raikkonen’s argument as the Italian continued fighting for a way to adjust the fan on his side. Giovinazzi helplessly cried about his side of the car, but the Iceman wouldn’t budge. “You either take all or nothing.”

Giving up, Gio looked for his car, but Kimi then refused to let him get out of the car. Although Antonio got his way in the end, Raikkonen was disappointed.

As Kimi leaves the sport after the five races of the season, F1 will miss content like this from Kimi. Rarely the one caught talking, when Kimi does talk, it’s never worth ignoring.

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No doubt, the sport will miss the quiet Finn. Contrarily, Raikkonen knows he will have no problem slowing down. The champion will end his career as the most experienced racer in F1 history. Yet, years’ worth of the rush will not be something he will miss.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Cooly, Raikkonen explained why the excitement doesn’t have to be replaced. “I don’t think I have to replace it. It’s a very normal thing that we do, at least for me. I’ve done it for many, many years so it’s not like it’s any different than driving a car in many ways.”

Rather than the F1 machine, Raikkonen looks forward to the thrill of fatherhood. “Obviously at home with the kids can be quite exciting sometimes, you never know!”

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While Raikkonen looks forward to his time off, F1 will savor the last five rounds with its 2007 World Champion. When away from the sport, at least Kimi can have all the drink he wants!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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