GPl Archives 10 April 2013 Issue #66 - Page 18

The closest people – relatives and friends – know a totally different Kimi Räikkönen compared to the one race fans see. He is far from lacking emotion, far from being blunt and tough. Quite to the contrary, he likes to help, he likes to be around, he likes to take care of his family. Kimi’s brother Rami has two sons, Justus and Tiitus. Kimi is a godparent of the elder, Justus, and continually brings presents for both of them. “The boys are in a way like I was with Kimi; competing with each other in every possible way. Kimi likes to keep them well equipped with all kind of racing stuff for kids. This Christmas he bought them tablets; or should I say Santa Claus brought tablets for them” Rami reveals. But how close are the evercompeting Rami and Kimi nowadays? “Kimi is my brother. I think it’s a very normal brother-to-brother relationship. We talk almost every week, we play ice hockey and do some other sports together. We both have our own work and that takes time; especially Kimi who works and travels a lot.” Toni Vilander has been a very close friend to Kimi since they started racing together as 10-year-olds and were also in the army together. Toni won the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship for Ferrari in the GTE class and is a very experienced GT race driver.