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Give us a smile Kimi.

Kimi Raikkonen was at his blunt best at Abu Dhabi GP in 2012

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Formula One has had its fair share of characters over the years, and Kimi Raikkonen sits pretty high up on that list.

While you will be hard pressed to see the 2007 Formula 1 champion with a smile on his face, it is his dry wit on the car radio which keeps the fans and commentators highly amused.

He is also not shy to give his fellow drivers a verbal 'clip around the ears' when he feels it may be needed.

We are approaching the five year anniversary of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Raikkonen gave his Lotus team one of the all-time best responses to their instructions.

The 2012 season saw the return of the Finnish driver back to the sport after two years away, competing in Rally and NASCAR events.

Raikkonen had been a solid performer in his comeback season, with four podium appearances (two 2nd/two third places), but was still awaiting his first victory since Belgium in 2009.

After starting the race in fourth position, Raikkonen started the race very well, moving up to second on the first lap, and was the major benefactor seeing his major rivals all having their issues throughout the race.

Lewis Hamilton, who started the race in pole position, retired on the 19th lap with mechanical issues, while Mark Webber who started in second position (before being passed by Raikkonen), was another driver to not finish the race, colliding with Romain Grosjean, causing the safety car to come out for three laps.

While Fernando Alonso gave Raikkonen a little scare, the Finn showed the poise required to hold out the Spaniard to record a deserved victory.

While it is true that the 38-year-old has not won a race since the first race of the 2013 season, when he was still at Lotus, he is still regarded among the best drivers in the sport, and is currently fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 193 points.

While there were rumours to the contrary, Ferrari have signed Raikkonen up for the 2018 season, which means there remains a chance that he can record his first victory for the Italian manufacturer.

The bonus for fans is that we are sure to get some great soundbites from the Finn next year.

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