Shanghai - He started in Formula One in 2001, won the season championship in 2007 and has driven for the sport's biggest names in Ferrari and McLaren. His name is spread all around the F1 record books.
He'll be 40 before this season ends, and he's still at it. This season he's with Alfa Romeo, which is the old Sauber team renamed - the same Sauber he started with almost two decades ago.
"I don't have any special thing that I try to motivate myself," he said on Thursday, looking ahead to Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. "It's become more of a hobby for me, maybe more than anything else. And probably that's why it's fun again."
Ferrari dropped him after last season, going instead with 21-year-old Charles Leclerc of Monaco. Raikkonen has scored points in the first two races, finishing eighth in Australia and seventh in Bahrain. That's about as good as possible behind F1's three dominant teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
"I always try to do the best that I can," he said. "Some days it goes a bit better than others. But that's how it goes. (Motivation) has never really been an issue."