|FORMULA 1 DRIVER RAIKKONEN TO VISIT CORONATION SCHOOL ON JUNE 6|
MONTREAL, JUNE 5, 2007- World famous Formula 1 race car driver Kimi "The Ice Man" Raikkonen of the Scuderia Ferrari team will make a special visit to Coronation Elementary School (4851 Van Horne, corner of Victoria) in Côte des Neiges on Wed. June 6 (11:00 a.m.) on the eve of the Grand Prix of Canada at Ile Nôtre Dame.
Bridgestone Firestone Canada, the instigator of the visit and official tire supplier to all F1 teams, will bring its Ferrari F1 show car and, a F1 race simulator. Sports commentator Louis Jean will be the emcee. This year Räikkönen, a native of Finland, replaced seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher on the Ferrari team. He has won nine F1 races, including the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal in 2005.
Kimi Matias Räikkönen was born in Espoo, Southern Finland, just to the west of Helsinki. His interest in karting began at the age of 10 and had some moderate success winning races in progressive categories. Winning started to become the norm by 1999 when he finished second overall in the European Formula Super A Championship and won the British Formula Renault Winter series. The following year he captured the Formula Renault UK Championship, winning seven out of ten races. Impressed with his ability, he was given a test by the Sauber Formula 1 team in late 2000 and following further tests gained a contract to drive with them a year later. He later moved on to the McLaren team before signing with Ferrari.
Coronation School's world championship robotics team will do a special demonstration for Räikkönen. Students will also get a chance to try out the Bridgestone F1 simulator.
Michael J. Cohen