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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.
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, 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.
The decision to choose Räikkönen over his Sauber teammate, the Mercedes linked Nick Heidfeld, was heavily influenced by Häkkinen who repeatedly told Ron Dennis "If you wanna win, get the Finn." Räikkönen scored a third-place podium finish in his first race with Mc Laren, the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.
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.
In 2000, he won seven out of ten events in the Formula Renault UK Championship.
Combined, over these two series of Formula Renault, he won 13 out of 23 events – a 57% win rate.
In 2008 he equalled the record for the greatest number of fastest laps in a season for the second time.
Räikkönen left both Scuderia Ferrari and the sport after the 2009 season, his sole victory that year having come in that season's Belgian Grand Prix due to driving an uncompetitive Ferrari F60.
On his return to Formula One, Räikkönen drove for Lotus in 20, scoring the team's only victories.