Helsinki - Childhood poverty, running away from military service to make a race, and going on benders between Formula One races are some of the revelations in a new book that sheds light on the life of usually taciturn Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Nicknamed "the Iceman", the 38-year-old former F1 champion is known for his cool and gruff character but he has opened up to Finnish author Kari Hotakainen, whom he authorised to write "The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen", a book about his life.
In the book, so far published in Finnish only, Raikkonen, who is paid millions to drive for Ferrari, reveals he grew up in a small house without an indoor toilet.
He also describes the financial problems of his teenage driving years.
"(My brother) Rami was my mechanic. We drove an old van to the races... already then I grasped that, goddammit, dad and mum had put in all their money and when we got there I felt like I wasn't going to make it anywhere," he wrote.