Kimi Raikkonen switched the roaring engines of a Formula One car for the blaring sirens of a fire truck with Mohd Uzair bin Abdullah – a veteran
with Malaysia’s Fire and Rescue Department – in a unique Shell V-Power Job Swap ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Through the Job Swap, Kimi – also known as the ‘The Ice Man’, had the unique opportunity to become a fireman for a day. Warming up for the race in Sepang, the Formula One Ace took the wheel of an 18 tonne fire truck at a specially constructed track in Senawang, Malaysia. Sharing a common goal of staying safe for protection, be it their vehicles, reputation, as well as lives, Räikkönen and Uzair exchanged tips prior to their Job Swap.
The Formula One driver, who normally races at speeds of up to 300km/h, faced a test slightly off his usual track. His Job Swap included manoeuvring the 8.5m fire truck around a custom built obstacle course, a target practice with the fire hose, and finishing with placing the fire ladder. Kimi was able to learn about the preparation and skills required by firemen to help them save lives.