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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.