WATCH: Kimi Raikkonen Jumps Into a Freezing Pool While It’s Snowing!

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March 19, 2021 10:40 am

There aren’t many drivers who are known more famously by their nickname. Kimi Raikkonen is one such driver who never fails to live up to his nickname- the Iceman. the F1 community gave the Finnish driver that moniker for being ice-cool, enigmatic, and blindingly fast on the grid.

We have widely known Kimi Raikkonen for being honest, blunt, and downright to the point. Just a few days ahead of the season opener, Alfa Romeo Racing shared an incredible video from Minttu Raikkonen, Kimi’s wife.

In the video, the Finnish driver embodied his nickname, the Iceman, by name and by nature. On a cold snowy day, Kimi took a dive into an open pool with a splash!

The Finnish driver earned his nickname during his career for the lack of expression displayed in press conferences and on cameras. He appeared ‘cold’, calm, and absolutely under control.

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Kimi Raikkonen: Living up to his nickname

Kimi Raikkonen has given the Formula 1 community many unforgettable moments as the iceman. Heikki Kulta, an acclaimed Finnish reporter, shared a few classic Kimi Raikkonen moments.

It won’t be wrong to say that the Finnish native is one of the most honest drivers in Formula 1. When it comes to answering a question, he doesn’t engage in subtlety. Such was the case during an interview after the first day of testing in 2004.

When Kulta asked him what was his first impression of the new car, Kimi replied, “It is complete sh*t.”

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Kimi Raikkonen speaks on stage at the Richard Mille – RM 50-04 Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for Richard Mille)

“I obviously could not pass this message on in the magazine, so, in English, I wrote that the car had not been exactly what Kimi had hoped it would be… Nevertheless, it was true,” recalled the Finnish reporter.

This was an interesting moment, where the reporter had to tone down the words said by a Formula 1 driver. That can only happen with Raikkonen.

The Finnish driver will complete two decades in Formula 1 this season. We hope to witness a few more classic iceman moments this season. Which is your favorite Kimi Raikkonen moment? Let us know!

Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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