2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is calling time on his career at the end of the 2021 season.
The 41-year-old Finn, currently driving with Alfa Romeo and sitting P17 in the Drivers’ Championship, wrote on his Instagram account that the decision to retire at the end of 2021 was made last winter.
During his 19 seasons in F1, the Finnish star has achieved a lot. He became World Champion by a single point in 2007 as he won the title in his first season with Ferrari.
Raikkonen also took a memorable victory at the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix from 17th on the grid as he overtook Giancarlo Fisichella on the final lap for the lead.
The Finn currently holds the record for most race starts in F1 at 341. He’s scored 21 wins, 103 podiums, 18 pole positions, 46 fastest laps and 1865 career points.
You can read his full statement below:
‘’This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1. This is a decision I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is time for new things. Even though the season is still on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time. Formula 1 might come to an end for me but there is a lot more in life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you around after all of this! Sincerely Kimi’’
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