2007 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining drivers. If not on the track, he is most certainly entertaining off it. Recently, at the FIA Prize-Giving ceremony in Russia, many noticed that there was something off about him.
Judging from his mannerisms, it certainly looked like he had downed one too many drinks. But the fans did not care a jot, they loved it!
The veteran Finnish driver played second fiddle to Sebastian Vettel for much of the F1 season. But this time, he took centerstage at the FIA awards night on Saturday saving his best performance of the season for last.
Kimi Raikkonen finished third in the drivers’ standings behind Vettel and world champion Lewis Hamilton and sure, he broke through for his first win in five years at the US Grand Prix and racked up 12 podium finishes, but we reckon his effort in a suit and tie today is his most memorable of 2018.
The champagne was flowing and, because it would be rude not to, the Scuderia star took full advantage of an open bar.
But all Raikkonen really wanted was to smoke his cigar in peace. And regale those around him with a story or two.
The 39-year-old really came to life when he walked on stage. Raikkonen looked slightly less crisp than he did in his pre-event Instagram post when he trundled out to accept his award for coming third in the drivers’ championship.
He acknowledged the crowd and applauded Vettel before offering his teammate a little bow. “Kimi has enjoyed tonight a lot,” the presenter said.
One thing is for sure, how will he handle the raging hangover?
Kimi sostenuto dal cameriere (?) per scavalcare e arrivare al suo posto ?
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