The former world champion is all set to rejoin the team that helped him clinched his only Driver’s Championship in 2007. Both in 2007 and 2008 Ferrari also won the Constructors Championship. Ferrari has not won any championship since then.
The news broke out in the media on Wednesday, when Filipe Massa admitted he will not be driving for Ferrari in 2014 on his Instagram page. Raikkenon’s future had been in media spotlight after Mark Webber announced his retirement, at the British Grand Prix. Raikkenon was discussed as the best replacement for departing Webber, to help Redbull to give the team best chance of winning the Constructors title in the future. However, Raikkenon’s manager Steve Robertson always said to the media with Redbull being one of the options for Raikkenon has to choose from, where he wishes to go next, with Lotus (his current team) struggling financially.
There were talks of a possible comeback to Ferrari or even Mclaren. Raikkenon always said, “if they offer me a contract I would love to go back, they are two great teams in Formula1 and nobody can deny that.”
Moreover A statement from Ferrari to confirm Raikkneon a dirve for 2012, read: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two racing seasons.”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali said he was “delighted” to have Raikkonen back at Ferrari. He added he had noticed Raikkonen’s hunger to return to Ferrari. I am delighted to welcome back Kimi to the Scuderia with which he was crowned World Champion,” Domenicali said. “I sense he is very happy to be returning to Maranello and very determined to tackle the work that awaits him in the best way possible. It is regarded as the turnaround for the fortunes of Ferrari in many manys. The team has never had two World Champion drivers since 1954. With Raikkenon along side Alonso, Ferrari will be one of the toughest team to beat.
“I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” Raikkonen said. “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.”
“It may seem to be the great move from Ferrari, giving them the best chance of beating the Redbull, with two of the most experienced and toughest drivers in the lineup. However, it raises big question mark on Alonso’s position in the team. He had been the clear number one driver ever since he joined the team. Naturally we’ll have to wait until 2014 to see if Ferrari has made the right decision, but either way it’s going to make for spectacular viewing.”
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