Kimi Raikkonen has expressed his excitement ahead of his return to Ferrari at the beginning of next season after it was confirmed today that the Finn would be replacing Felipe Massa for 2014.
Raikkonen last raced for Ferrari in 2009, having won his only world championship with the Scuderia during his first year at the team in 2007. However, with the arrival of Fernando Alonso in 2010, the Finn was not retained and opted to take two years out of Formula One, spending his time rallying before returning to the sport with Lotus in 2012. However, he is looking forward to returning to Maranello next season.
“I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” Raikkonen explained to Ferrari’s website. “I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years, first and foremost, winning the World Championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable.”
The deal does see Raikkonen join Fernando Alonso (by whom he was replaced in 2010) at the team, giving Ferrari their first all-champion line-up since 1953. Although many believe the two drivers could come to blows over ‘number one’ status, Raikkonen is looking forward to working with Alonso from next season.
“I can’t wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando, whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves.”
Raikkonen has joined the team on a two-year deal.
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