Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen has just announced via his social networks that his Formula 1 adventure will come to an end at the end of this 2021 season.
It was a rumor that swelled more and more, it is now a certainty: Kimi Räikkönen will no longer be a Formula 1 driver from next season. The Alfa Romeo driver, through an Instagram post, announced his withdrawal from the premier class:
“That’s it. This will be my last season in Formula 1. It’s a decision I made last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it’s time for me to do some new things. ” Has he wrote.
The Finn takes the opportunity to thank all the people who have counted during his long career as an F1 driver and confides that he already has many ideas about his future.
“Even though the season is still going on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, all the people involved in my racing career and especially all of you, the big fans who have supported me during all this time. Formula 1 is going to end for me, but there are a lot of things in life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you soon after all that! “
This new, although expected, is still the effect of a bomb in the stratosphere of Formula 1, as Iceman was a popular figure in the paddock.
A new cycle is also starting at Alfa Romeo which should undoubtedly welcome Valtteri Bottas to replace its current driver.
Whatever happens, Kimi Räikkönen will have left his mark in Formula 1, with 21 victories and 18 poles in the Queen category which partly led him to the victory of the 2007 world championship. The Finn is also the driver with the more races to his name with no less than 342 Grand Prix contested, series in progress.
farewell message for ever more loyal fans for “the ice man”, whose popularity remains intact after all these years scouring the circuits of the small world of F1. His bloodshed on the radio as well as his laconic answers make him a very singular character but very appreciated despite his taciturn character. A driver more particularly appreciated on the side of Italy and Scuderia Ferrari, to whom he offered his last world championship titles (drivers in 2007, manufacturers in 2007 and 2008) when he had grilled politeness to the McLarens of Alonso and Hamilton on the occasion of the last Grand Prix in Brazil.
At McLaren between 2002 and 2006, Räikkönen had his first victories (11) but had never won the holy grail, finishing twice second (2003 and 2005) before triumphing for his debut at Ferrari, whose first adventure will be punctuated by his desire to temporarily withdraw at the end of the 2009 season. Two sabbaticals in rallying later (22 races), the Finn joined Lotus-Renault and Romain Grosjean for two seasons of good quality (3 rd and 5 e in the drivers’ standings) before returning to Ferrari for a five-year term punctuated by a final victory at the 2018 United States Grand Prix, the 21 stand last of his career. 103 podiums and 18 pole positions later, Räikkönen will legitimately be able to leave F1 feeling a job well done.