Kimi Raikkonen announced on Wednesday that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of this season.
The future of the Finn, F1 world champion in 2007 with Ferrari , was one of the pending issues to be resolved and finally it was the driver himself who shed light on it with an announcement on his social networks.
"This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1, " began Raikkonen in the text accompanied by images of his entire career that he published.
“It is a decision I made last winter. It was not an easy decision, but after this season it is time to do new things. Although the season is still underway, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone who has participated in my career and, especially, all the great fans who have supported me throughout this time, "he added.
The Alfa Romeo driver did not announce what his plans are, but indicated that he does not plan to sit still: “Formula 1 may come to an end for me, but there is much more to life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you after all this! Kind regards, Kimi ”, he concluded.
Raikkonen made his debut in the top flight of world motorsport in 2001 with the Sauber team after just one season of experience in Formula Renault, but soon made it clear that he was ready for F1 by being sixth on his debut in Australia and taking two fourth places in Austria and Montreal.
McLaren signed him for 2002 to take the place of Mika Hakkinen and took the podium in his first race in Malaysia, although he had to wait until 2003, at that same Sepang circuit, to achieve his first victory in F1, in a season where Thanks to great consistency with a total of ten podiums, he was runner-up in the world behind Michael Schumacher.
Raikkonen was runner-up again in 2005, but left McLaren at the end of 2006 to go to Ferrari to take the Kaiser's place . He won in his debut with the Maranello team in Australia and at the end of the year he won the title by beating in Brazil in a dramatic definition where he beat Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton , the two McLaren drivers, by just one point .
The Finn left F1 at the end of 2009 when Ferrari left him without a place and tried his luck in the WRC for the next two years and even raced in NASCAR .
However, in 2012 he decided to return to F1 with the Lotus team , with whom he won the Abu Dhabi GP and finished third in the drivers' championship. In 2014 he returned to Ferrari, where he stayed until the end of 2018, achieving 26 podiums, 12 of them in his last season, including the victory in the United States GP.
Since 2019 he has been a driver for Alfa Romeo , with which he has so far a fourth place in the Brazilian GP of that year as his best result.
Raikkonen holds the record for the most races played in F1 with 342 grands prix played to date, during which he has achieved 21 wins , 18 pole positions and 103 podiums .
Published by Micheal Warner