Big read: drunk, covered in grass and pretending to be asleep – why does the world seem to love Raikkonen?

Raikkonen had waited long enough for the restart, deciding to leave his car, and the waiting grid, to get an ice cream and a drink before disappearing into the Ferrari motorhome – to the astonishment of the other drivers, his strict paymasters and the millions watching.
As Raikkonen’s mother Paula said: “We needed more and more money all the time, but it still wasn’t enough,” the family often relying on leases from friends.
Raikkonen needed that F1 superlicence, though, in order to be able to drive in the sport.
With help from his friends, Raikkonen wrote to the FIA in English, arguing why he should be granted one.

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