Räikkönen made his debut for Sauber at the age of 21, having competed in just 23 single-seater races before his first F1 season in 2001.
A points-scorer on his debut, he went on to be poached by McLaren for the next year, where he was runner-up in the title race twice.
Räikkönen was elbowed out in favour of Fernando Alonso at the end of 2009 and embarked on a rally career, racing for the Citroen Junior team and then with his own ICE 1 outfit.
His best result was fifth at Rally Turkey 2010, before F1 called again and Räikkönen joined the Lotus team for 2012, heralding the famous radio message: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing,” en route to victory in Abu Dhabi.
“There isn’t any driver out there like Kimi Räikkönen”
2014 brought a return to Ferrari, this time playing second string, first to Alonso and then Sebastian Vettel.
This spell in red brought one final, popular, win at the 2018 US Grand Prix by which time the Finn was already on the way out to Alfa Romeo — a return to the Swiss Hinwil-based team where he began his F1 career.