Raikkonen is #1 with Finnish fans

Kimi Raikkonen has beaten compatriot Hakkinen and Rally driver Tommi Makinen to Most Popular Motorsport Person of 2001 in his native Finland. The Sauber rookie won the award from a Finnish television station with a huge 47% of the votes and was...

Kimi Raikkonen has beaten compatriot Hakkinen and Rally driver Tommi Makinen to Most Popular Motorsport Person of 2001 in his native Finland.

The Sauber rookie won the award from a Finnish television station with a huge 47% of the votes and was also nominated for Sportsperson of the Year.

The 22-year-old also received a suitably fast street car from Mercedes, which powers Team McLaren, Raikkonen's 2001 team. The German manufacturer supplied the young Finn with an AMG C32 "silver arrow" -- now certain to be closely watched by the Finnish constabulary.

Meanwhile, McLaren test driver Alex Wurz has warned that Raikkonen will have to perform for the Woking team if he wants to make his mark.

Wurz, who was passed over as Hakkinen's replacement in favour of Raikkonen, told Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten "In a team that's fighting for the championship there is no time for him to have a 'learning season.' "

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren