Kimi Raikkonen, the Formula 1 star who decided to retire at the end of the year

The Finn will put an end to his sports campaign at the end of the year. His place would be taken by his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, currently at Mercedes.

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"This is all. This will be my last season in Formula 1 ", with those words shared on their social networks, the Finn Kimi Raikkonen confirmed that he will retire from the category that had him as champion in 2007 with Ferrari at the end of this tournament.

“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. I want to thank my family, all my teams, all those who have participated in my career and, especially, all the great fans who have supported me throughout this time "added the current Alfa Romeo team driver.

Kimi Raikkonen“Formula 1 may come to an end for me, but there is so much more to life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you after all this! Sincerely, Kimi ", ended Iceman, a very fast pilot who has also stood out for some excesses in his youth and his little friendliness towards his engineers in the middle of the races ...

Raikkonen, who ran to Clean, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus y Alfa Romeo, played 342 Grand Prix (record). He achieved 21 victories, 18 pole positions and 103 podiums. His moment of glory was reached in 2007 when he became champion with Ferrari.

Raikkonen's decision would open the doors to his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, who would be replaced in Mercedes by the british George Russell.

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