Kimi Raikkonen was a content man post the United States GP, having secured his first race win in 113 race starts in the recently concluded United States GP.
The post race celebrations were typical Kimi like, with not much fuss created and Kimi aimlessly wandering around, sporting a smile on his face.
The podium celebrations too seemed pretty normal from Raikkonen’s end, but there was one instance that caught the eye of Will Buxton and a lot of Finnish fans as well.
When General John M Murray came in to congratulate Kimi for the win, Iceman took off his cap while shaking hands with the General.
The gesture came out of respect for General John M Murray, and Kimi knew about how to go about it, as he too had served in the military for Finland.
“Just watched the podium back and so impressed with the respect Raikkonen showed Gen. John M Murray. Often forget Kimi, like all Finns, did military service. His sudden cap removal when he realised who was shaking his hand was a really classy moment.” Will Buxton tweeted.
Just watched the podium back and so impressed with the respect Raikkonen showed Gen. John M Murray. Often forget Kimi, like all Finns, did military service. His sudden cap removal when he realised who was shaking his hand was a really classy moment.
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) October 21, 2018
In Finland, young men have to serve in the military for a fixed period of time, and Kimi too had to do it during the early stages of his motorsport career.
Now, while Buxton was aware of Kimi’s military commitments early on his career, a lot of other fans came to know about it only through his tweet.
One of those fans was kind enough to share a photo of Kimi while playing PS1 during his off time in military service.
Kimi in military service, killing time in the (PS1) simulator 😄 pic.twitter.com/Y5TCezp7uF
— Parc Fermé (@PFF1) October 22, 2018
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