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When flight attendant and fitness model Minttu Virtanen, 27, was introduced to Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen, 34, by common friends on summer 2013, attraction was immediate. The couple hasn't slowed down since: in November of the same year, Minttu moved in with Kimi in Kaskisaari, Helsinki.
Minttu had to get used to both the big house and life according to the F1 racing calendar. She appreciates the flexibility of her employer, FlyBe, in her new situation:
"We live according to the F1 racing calendar, and I try to adapt my own schedule so that I can support Kimi as well as I can".
In a partnership of two travelling professionals, the everyday life of a long-distance relationship became familiar. The hard fact was that being together every day was impossible. At such times, the couple kept in touch via the internet or, more often, by phone.
"In a long-distance relationship, understanding is emphasised even more and trust has to be on a solid basis", Minttu said.
On February 2014 it was published that both were "deeply in love" and speculation in Finland was that the stewardess may be pregnant.
Räikkönen and Virtanen became parents of a boy on January 27th 2015 in Switzerland. "He is healthy, measuring 51cm and weighing 3.7kg. The parents are also well, happy and proud!"