Raikkonen To Leave Ferrari, Return To Sauber At End Of 2018

Second placed Ferrari’s Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen waves next to winner Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 2, 2018. Miguel MEDINA / AFP

 

 

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of 2018, the Italian Formula 1 team announced on Tuesday.

“Scuderia Ferrari announces that, at the end of the 2018 season, Kimi Raikkonen will step down from his current role,” the team said in a statement.

“During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player.”

The 38-year-old Raikkonen has started 287 Grand Prix, winning 20 since his debut in 2001 with Sauber, the team he will race for again in 2019.

“The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons,” Sauber confirmed.

Raikkonen left Formula One two years after winning the world title with Ferrari and spent two years competing in the World Rally Championship, before returning to F1 with Lotus in 2012.

Raikkonen moved back to Ferrari in 2014.

“As a World Champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the Team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future,” the team added.

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Hamilton Expects Serious Battle For 2017 F1 Championship

Formula One, Lewis Hamilton, F1 ChampionshipLewis Hamilton is expecting “a serious battle” for the 2017 Formula One Championship in the wake of Ferrari’s “spectacular” form in pre-season testing.

Ferrari finished top of the time-sheets for eight days of running in Barcelona with Kimi Raikkonen’s benchmark over half a second ahead of Mercedes’ best.

Ferrari also set the pace on all four of Pirelli’s fastest compounds and afterwards, Hamilton described their pace as spectacular and expects more from them when the season starts.

The 2017 Formula One Season will start on March 26 in Melbourne, Australia.

Formula One: Vettel Wins Singapore Grand Prix

vettelFerrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, won the Singapore Grand Prix earlier on Sunday, as Championship leader, Lewis Hamilton retired at the Marina Bay Circuit.

Vettel, the pole sitter, led the race from start to finish in his Ferrari to take the chequered flag ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari finishing third.

The victory is Vettel’s third of the season and has closed the gap between him and Hamilton to within 49 points with six rounds remaining.

The next race is the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on September 27.