Kimi about Jenni, money and children. Seiska asked Kimi Räikkönen 77 questions in his home in Porkkala.
What kind of chances of success do you think Lotus has this season?
It’s difficult to say, nobody knows yet. We will see after the first tests where we are going.
Do you have hunger for another WDC?
Yes. You always have that as a goal. I will try a lot, let´s see if that’s enough or not.
You have said that Lotus has a homey atmosphere compared to your earlier teams, how do you see the difference?
Each team has always been different. Lotus has however a different kind of management. They are younger and racing-spirited and not any uptight people.
Is Sebastian Vettel your best buddy in F1?
Yes, I know him best and have spent most of time with him than with any other drivers.
Do you have any enemy or someone you can’t stand there?
No I haven’t but it’s difficult to say what other people think.
Have you already met your team mate Romain Grosjean? Is he a good guy?
I have met him and he is a nice normal guy.
Where do you see yourself after ten years?
Difficult to say but hopefully everything is still okay.
What plans do you have for your life after F1?
No plans. I have never had any terribly long plans.
In how good physical shape are you?
I guess in the same shape as before. I know pretty well in which shape one has to be.
They operated your wrist after the recent motor sledge-race. Has it healed well?
Yeah. It’s now completely okay.
They often talk about your money in public. You have a fortune of over 100 million euros. What does money mean to you?
I guess it means the same as it means to other people too. I get a certain amount of money for the job that I do. Some think it’s right, some think it’s wrong. I myself have however made all the work so it doesn’t make me ashamed at all. Money makes some things easier but it really doesn’t solve everything in life.
Has the big fortune made you out of touch with reality or do you even think about monetary matters?
*laughing* Definitely not! I’m just the same as I was before. It makes some things easier but it also brings a lot of negative things along.
Do you pay your bills yourself or do you use an internet-bank for example?
No I don’t. My mom takes care of quite many of my things.
How much money will you get for your next season in Lotus?
I get something.
How have you invested your money?
Well I have a few apartments and something like that… You have to live somewhere.
They have thought in public that you are part-owner in Lotus, is that true?
No it’s not.
Would you like to own your own F1-team someday?
I don’t have the passion for it. In the end it’s quite cruel business.
Have you ever donated a lot of money to charity?
I have done that every now and then. At the moment I have this small thing going on with SOS Children’s Village.
Then what is your biggest loss in poker?
I doesn’t come to my mind right now, but usually I lose rather than win.
Do you play other gambling games?
I guess I have sometimes played some pajazzo etc. if they are seen as gambling games, but nothing more.
They say that you are genuinely a laidback guy and don’t look like you would be nervous of any racing situations. What kind of situations make you nervous?
Hard to say. Sometimes normal things can make me nervous. It depends on the place but I am also nervous about races.
What kind of things are you afraid of?
There are no things that I would be afraid of. I don’t have fear for high places or things like that.
You have many houses but how many homes do you have?
This place in Porkkala is one home and I have another home in Switzerland. I don’t think that I have any more homes than anyone else has.
You travel a lot. How many nights per year are you here in Porkkala?
I can’t say at all. I spend more time here in the summer when the weather is good.
Is the place in Kaskisaari more of a partying place than home?
No. I use it when I have for example some job stuff in Helsinki.
How do you decorate your apartment? I doubt you go to IKEA by yourself.
No I don’t go to IKEA. This house has been designed by interior-people.
Is there something in the interior that Jenni likes and that you let her have with long teeth?
Well I don’t have terribly much that I would have objected to. I don’t pay attention to those kind of details. We have a pretty similar taste but interior is more a thing for women. I’m sure it’s more important to them than it is to me for example. We should just let the women take care of these things!
Which room is your favorite room?
I guess I spend most time on the couch in front of the TV.
What do you serve your friends when they come and visit you?
It depends of course on which day it is! *laughing* I don’t usually ask terribly much, they find their way to the fridge themself.
Do you go to the supermarket yourself?
I go there quite often. I like to go there but it also depends upon which time you go there. Sometimes there are many people etc. but I like to circle around there.
Do you clean your home yourself?
Yeah I clean sometimes. I do the normal cleaning myself, like wash my own clothes.
Do you have a housekeeper?
No. A cleaning lady comes twice a month to sweep the biggest thrash.
Do you make food yourself?
I make food if I’m home alone.
What is your speciality?
I guess it’s chicken pasta. It’s the easiest to make. I’m not any passionate cook.
What is your favorite drink?
I drink a lot of milk.
How do you prepare a White Russian the right way?
I don’t know since I haven’t drank White Russians for years. I’m sure I couldn’t make them the right way.
What about cranberry vodka?
I guess you mix vodka with some cranberry.
Is Jenni a good cook?
She is a bit better than me but if we would compete I think it would be quite an even competition.
Does she cook for you often?
Every now and then. We don’t have any rule book about those things, that someone would always have to cook. Often we go out for dinner and sometimes pick up something.
Do you have pets?
We have three dogs. My mom keeps two Jack Russell terriers and the German Shepard is in Switzerland.
What names do they have?
Reiska, Peppi and Ajax.
Is it true that you are allergic to Jenni’s horses?
I’m allergic to quite many things like cats and horses. I get a stuffed up nose if I spend a lot of time with them. I had more allergies during the army-time.
What TV-programs do you watch?
This and that. Mostly sport. Yesterday I was staring at something that my mom watched.
Your favorite movie?
What Finnish icehockey-league do you support?
I don’t personally support anything special. Of course I hope that Espoo’s and Helsinki’s leagues would do well. I don’t follow icehockey with clenched teeth and despite rumors I don’t own anything from Tampere’s Ilves. May the best league win.
How often do you party?
It depends a lot. Now I haven’t had time to party because of having so much to do. Of course if I’m free and want to go, then I go. I don’t have any regulations concerning that. These things are related to normal life just like it is with everybody else too.
How is a good party made, a party where you enjoy yourself?
I guess it’s the good gang. That’s where it usually takes off.
Does it have to be karaoke?
It has been less karaoke although it’s usually been fun there. It’s not necessary but I rather go to a smaller and more quiet place than to some big disco.
How much and what do you drink during a bar-night?
Hmmm… Hard to say what I drink. There is no main drink. I usually order a lot of cranberry vodka because my buddies drink a lot of that. I often drink vodka and vichy if I drink.
Are you a person who likes to be comfortable?
Well not any more than anyone else is. I’m usually fine with everything.
The sea is here beside, do you swim a lot?
I swim in the summer. The last time I took a swim in that sea was just before the ice came.
Cold or hot shower?
It depends a little but I like a really cold shower too. It refreshes quite well.
How much time do you spend in the shower?
Well as long as I get clean I guess. I don’t have any stopwatch there for crying out loud!
Do you sing in the shower?
Do you wear a bathrobe or do you walk around with a towel over your hips?
With a towel.
Your favorite cologne/scent?
I only use the basic deodorant. You get it easy from the gas station!
Do you blowdry your hair?
What is your favorite music?
I usually listen to Finnish music from the radio.
You mean radio Suomi Pop?
I have been less now that people there have changed. It’s not as good in the morning as it used to be.
How many cars do you own?
Five I think. Audi, Fiat, Mercedes and VW. I guess I get some Lotus too soon but any luggage won’t fit into them.
How many tattoos do you have and do they have some meaning?
Two. I don’t think that they have any special meaning.
You have told that you would want to have two children. At which stage do you think starting a family would be actual?
Of course you want family. It doesn’t mean that there should be one or two children. Hopefully I get a family at some point and that all children would be healthy. I think that’s the main thing.
I heard that you are very fond of children. Is it true?
Yes, I like children. I don’t have any of my own but I like spending time with them.
What is the secret of your and Jenni’s lasting marriage?
I don’t think that we have any secret. Of course we have arguments and nagging at times just like in every other relationship but it’s normal life.
How often do you see Jenni?
We are about every day together at home unless we are on some trips. It has been like that ever since we met.
What mutual hobbies do you have?
I guess just being home since we both have our own hobbies. I do my own things and Jenni rides every day.
What is a good relationship like according to you?
I’m sure everyone have a different relationship and you can’t order what is good for anyone. For as long as both have fun and both feel good to be together is what defines it.
Which one of you are more jealous?
Hard to tell.
Are you jealous of each other?
I’m sure eveyone is. Even though you would say that you aren’t jealous I think everyone is.
Are you happy?
Yes. I don’t have anything to complain about.
Do you think that Jenni is also happy with you?
Yes. We wouldn’t be together if we weren’t happy. Like I said there are always arguments every now and then but I think it’s the same for everyone else too.
Do you read Seiska?
I read it every day now and then because we get it in Switzerland! Yeah, the bible comes to our home (laughing).
So you call Seiska jokingly a bible?
It is sometimes like that, yes!
From: Seiska Magazine http://www.seiska.fi/ Translation: Nicole
Seiska’s reporter Panu Hörkkö visited Kimi Räikkönen at his home and he was surprised – positively.
When I drove on Feb 3rd from Helsinki to Kimi Räikkönen’s villa in Porkkala I had butterflies in my stomach. I had actually had them ever since the night before and Kimi even visited in my few hours dream to be honest. So the unconsciousness pulled cruel tricks on me. I was however about to meet Kimi for the first time and I had heard that he hates reporters. I wondered which one of us is more troubled with the meeting – the one who was going to be interviewed or the interviewer?
Kimi’s expression was something completely different from what I had expected!
When the photographer and I arrived to Porkkala we were greeted by Riku Kuvaja. He informed in his kind way that he would go and walk around the villa with the photographer and I could soon interview Kimi in peace. Soon after that the glass door opened and a beanie-headed Kimi came out to shake hands with me. I immediately saw an expression on Kimi’s face that I hadn’t seen in one single magazine or TV-interview earlier. Kimi was unbelievably laidback and frankly put charming, if a man can say so about another man. Kimi’s boyishness and grinning continued all through our 3-hours meeting and the ice broke easily in the Iceman’s cave. Kimi answered my questions in a laidback way and used his witty sense of humour. His laughter was catching and the atmosphere was warm. As an example I could mention my question “How tough steam-man are you?” Kimi replied in his personal way: “I like to go to a sauna but just the normal steams. No Sauna-Timo-business for sure,” Kimi said. It wasn’t pretending from his side, I can say based upon my life experience that Kimi is genuinely a laidback person – and modest too on top of that – unlike many “heroes” I have met.
Lacking speaking skills, they say!
After we left the villa I could only think that dammit, that guy just hates cameras just like probably 99% of Finnish men also hate! Next F1-season I am going to concentrate on following only Kimi and his grips in Lotus. The guy did after all set the fastest laptime in Jerez testing! I will leave in their own league those who nag about Kimi’s poor skills of commenting or posing. Afterall I know myself that we Finns have an exceptionally charming hero in this man. And a man can say this about another man. Good luck to the upcoming season, Kimi!
Curvy, sandy roads lead us to the huge gate in Porkkala. We announce our coming and the gate opens. An incredible view appears in front of us: The Gulf of Finland shines brightly in the sunshine and the fancy villa the Räikkönens bought two years ago, can be seen in the end of the asphalt road, it stands stylish on the rock. Right next to the sea there’s a finnish sauna, and a couple of boats and jetskis.
Kimi Räikkönen, 25, and Jenni Dahlman-Räikkönen, 23, who have just got back from the Hungary GP on the day before, welcome the guests with open arms. Jenni, dressed in jeans and a shirt, has already had time to go horseback riding that day. Kimi has just been sprawling and thinking of the last weekend’s tasty victory at Hungaroring. He laughs that he hasn’t even had a toast for the victory since there has been so many other things to do. Kimi, walking with bare feet and dressed in jeans, throws a charming smile on his face. He’s in a great mood. A year ago Kimi was standing on the most important pole of his life. He was waiting, little nervously but standing straight, on the altar for his fiancee Jenni Dahlman. The altar had been made of a huge ice block for the wedding in Vanajanlinna’s garden. When ”the Iceman” saw his future wife walking towards him, his face was shining. Luckily the ceremony didn’t last too long. Otherwise the ice altar would have melted of Kimi’s smile in front of over 100 guests.
After the priest had said ”amen”, Jenni became Dahlman-Räikkönen. The couple’s life continued as a married couple. A year has passed and there has happened a lot. Actually, more than in during an average married couple’s whole life! Beside GP victories, there has been also disappointments on the F1 tracks but Kimi has learnt to deal with them like a grown up man. Of course he has left the track being furious and without saying a word to anyone. Also that shows maturity: it’s better to say nothing than take the anger out. Then there has been those other harming things. Kimi and Jenni’s vacations and nights out has been documented in media all around the world. The things which have grown huge and sometimes even totally fake rumours have been bothering. Kimi and Jenni have been commenting on them sometimes but most of the times they have let the rumours live their own life.
Now they’re in Finland because the F1 circus is on 3 weeks break. Nearly two years ago bought Porkkala’s villa has been used a lot by the couple itself and their friends. The appartment in the centre of Helsinki the couple uses mostly in winter. During the holiday in Finland Kimi and Jenni can be seen also in night life. Kimi has always aimed to live like a normal young guy: the couple wants to go out with their friends. In the normal circumstances that wouldn’t be a big deal but because Kimi is a world-famous celebrity, his every move is followed very carefully. “Now also I’m getting my share of that”, Jenni laughs, meaning the secret pics which have been published of her. At first, Kimi didn’t think how and where he was celebrating but now he has learnt that he cannot walk on the streets without peope recognizing him. “Maybe in ten years I can have a bit more of my own privacy when I’m not driving anymore, just being on holiday”, Kimi points out.
Many people have noticed that Räikkönen has changed. In the press-conferences he talks long these days, he has got sureness to his voice. In a few press-conferences he has shown his humour talents as well. The team boss Ron Dennis has praised that Kimi is great at handling situations. After the success and disappointments Kimi has got new kind of sureness to himself. “Yeah, disappointments in the races do build character”, Kimi laughs and calls their 11-months-old pet, to come to him. After the Hungary GP, Kimi’s dream of winning the worldchampion title have rised to the top again. Also Jenni-wife believes in her husband. “You have to hold on your dreams. You cannot give up. If Kimi wins the next races and Fernando Alonso gets no points from two races, it’s clear”, Jenni counts while we walk around the lovely garden. “That’s true, we haven’t lost anything yet”, Kimi nods.
We move inside to the beautiful house. The terraces in downstairs open up to the sea. Somewhere further away the ships are sailing towards Stockholm. The view is just like from a postcard. The young couple sits on the white, cosy sofa in the living-room. “Of course Kimi’s retirements, especially when you know that they were not his fault. He has got so huge fire for the title that I don’t think no one really realizes that. He loves his job nearly as much as he loves me Jenni”, says and winks. Kimi leaves to the next race in Istanbul, tasting the victory in his mouth. “We don’t do anything special on holiday. Drive with jetski’s, sailing, go to sauna and hang out with friends. We also love to cook together”, Kimi reveals. It’s been a year since the couple’s wedding day. “Day by day, living together feels better and love feels stronger”, they admit. During the marriage the nasty rumours have caused problems but those things have been talked over at home.
“In the beginning of our relationship the mean and unreal articles bothered us but now we just let them be. We don’t even bother to read them anymore. A human cannot live like that he follows what papers write about him. That’s not healthy”, Kimi sniffs. When Kimi met the beautiful Jenni Dahlman in autumn 2001, it was love at the first sight. And that love hasn’t faded away, it’s other way around, it has got stronger and stronger. “Jenni is the woman of my life”, says Kimi who rarely speaks of his private life and feelings openly. During the years they have spent together their lives have grown together very well. In the beginning they travelled to the races together but then Jenni suggested that she’d like to continue her riding hobby which she found when she was younger. Kimi took Jenni’s wish very well. The husband bought his wife three horses: Liber, MC Kinley and Caland.
“I practise nearly every day and I try to compete as often as possible. Of course I also try to be with Kimi in the races as much as I can”, Jenni tells. “Of course I support my wife. You can see the passion in Jenni for her own sport. The same passion which I have for racing. Although, I do have more horsepower”, Kimi jokes. Because of her hobby, Jenni hasn’t been able to come to every race. At first, Kimi was a bit sad about it but he understood that he had to let her wife to express herself. “It’d be nice if Jenni could come with me. At nights in the hotel room it can get really boring when you are alone. Of course I can talk with her on the phone. She knows me better than anyone else and understands how I feel”, Kimi admits.
“The last races I’ll try to travel with Kimi. Although Turkey GP happens to be at the same time as the fashion week but together we’ll fight of the world-champion title”, Jenni says. The life in Porkkala seems very blissful. Their villa has been decorated with white and brownish furnitures. There’s enough space to have kids as well. “All in good time”, the couple grins.