Kimi takes the wheel: free time karting for F1 champ

Räikkönen enjoys some back-to-basics fun in between Formula One races.

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Formula One racer Kimi Räikkönen takes an ice bath after the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday 16th September 2018 / Credit: @kimimatiasraikkonen Instagram

Finnish Formula One star Kimi Räikkönen has been letting off some steam after last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix by getting back to basics in a go-kart.

The Espoo native flew to Thailand and enjoyed some time on the track, and posted video of his racing adventures on Instagram.

Räikkönen finished fifth in Sunday’s Singapore race, behind fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas.

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Having fun in Thailand.

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Kimi Räikkönen also posted a picture of himself in an ice bath.

“Singapore as a race presents a number of challenges and on of the biggest is the heat and humidity” the Iceman wrote on Instagram.

“The ice bath is part of our recovery and cooling strategy for the weekend. We also use ice baths for post-training recovery as well as ice chambers” said the 2007 World Champion.

Kimi signs for new team

Räikkönen, 37, recently announced that he will be racing for a new team in 2019, when he’ll be part of the Alfa Romeo Sauber team.

He’s been with his current team Ferrari for the last four years, and won a total of 20 Grand Prix races in his career, as well as the 2007 World Championship. He’s also secured 100 podium finishes

The racer, originally from Espoo, first started driving karts competitively at the age of 10, and had his first foreign race in Monaco at age 15.

The next Formula One race sees Räikkönen back in action for his current team Ferrari at the end of the month in Sochi, Russia.