Kimi Raikkonen is a superb grand prix driver and a very worthy member of the 32-man club of world champions. In fact, he probably should have at least one more crown to his name from the McLaren era. He is also arguably the most popular driver on the grid.
But there are some puzzling contradictions in Raikkonen's unique and beloved brand of anti-charisma. He is not an infinitely-quotable soundbite machine, nor is he a champion of fan interactivity as one of the few remaining Twitter hold-outs in F1. But what he does offer is the impression of authenticity.
Many, perhaps most, do not have an affinity for monotonous excellence. Today, another Sebastian Vettel victory is often greeted with a yawn and a dismissive wave of the hand.
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