Singapore Grand Prix – Kimi Raikkonen has announced that he will rejoin his former team Sauber for 2019.
Kimi Raikkonen has announced that he will join the Sauber team on a two year deal from 2019. The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion drove for the Sauber outfit in 2001 in his rookie year, before moving onto McLaren for 2002 to replace the retiring Mika Hakkinen.
With Ferrari announcing that they will not be retaining Raikkonen as a driver for next season, it appears an agreement has been reached to move the Finn to Ferrari’s ‘B-Team’ in a straight swap with Charles Leclerc. Leclerc’s promotion to Ferrari remains unconfirmed for now.
Taking to Instagram, Raikkonen said: “Guess who’s back?? Next two years with Sauber ahead. Feels extremely good to go back where it all began!”
Sauber team boss Fredric Vasseur said: “Signing Kimi Räikkönen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future.”
“Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense experience in Formula One will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole. Together, we will start the 2019 season with a strong foundation, driven by the determination to fight for results that count.”
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