Kimi Räikkönen’s All Geared Up for F1 Night Race in Singapore

After a press day with the dashing Kimi Räikkönen, the only thing that looks better than the power racer are Shell’s shiny new toy cars

Power racer F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen with half-sized scale models of Ferrari racecars

Power racer
F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen with half-size scaled models of Ferrari race cars

Kimi Räikkönen is a man who loves his beauty sleep. Shortly after admitting that the F1 Night Race gets in the way of his tuck-in time, the Finnish racer fails to suppress a yawn while answering a question.

In that moment, his seemingly smug saunter and aloof mannerisms just became the quirks of a simply tired man.

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When asked if the hot and humid weather in Singapore would affect his performance, Räikkönen curtly answered, “No. We practice whether it’s hot or cold.”

Well, isn’t he a hard-hitter! That’s F1 World Champion material right there.

Caught in the act Räikkönen (right) smirks when he gets caught yawning on stage

Caught in the act
Räikkönen (right) smirks when he gets caught yawning on stage

And while he expresses appreciation towards the folks at Shell and Ferrari for helping him improve his performance, he is quick to lay down the cold facts. It’s his engine team who works with the machine, he says, so he doesn’t have much engagement with the technical end of things.

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Personally, Räikkönen’s honesty is very refreshing.

What he does get hands-on with are the miniatures of Shell V-Power’s new Lego collection, which he takes for a race on the stage. That’s right – together with a lucky #readysetbuild contest winner, he raced the miniature against Shell’s Trackside and Logistics Manager Ian Albiston.

And of course, Räikkönen emerged on top.

Seasoned pro Räikkönen (right) gets ready to race with Shell V-Power's new Lego miniatures

Seasoned pro
Räikkönen (right) gets ready to race with Shell V-Power’s new Lego miniatures

Interestingly, he’s got some stringent standards on who should be playing Lego. He explained that he did play with building blocks when he was younger, “but not anymore,” he remarks with a cynical glint in his eyes.

“And it is only for those who are not too young,” he asserts, putting an age limit on the fun of Lego.

This is where we unabashedly beg to differ. Have you seen these babies? Look:

Seen above:
The Ferrari 512 S, Ferrari 250 GTO, and Ferrari F138. These half-sized replicas, along with one more, took 16 builders and 930 hours to put together

 

Ready, set, build Shell's V-Power Lego collection features 6 different packs to collect

Ready, set, build
Shell’s V-Power Lego collection features 6 different packs to collect

They are most certainly built for adult enjoyment. In fact, I’m building together my very own Finish Line and Podium set now.

But don’t feel like you’re missing out – you can grab your own at any Shell outlet as well. Have fun!

By Pamela Chow

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