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Kimi Raikkonen announced on Wednesday that the 2021 season will be his last in Formula 1. Finn’s decision came as no surprise, as he will soon celebrate his 42nd birthday. He has also been one of the most experienced drivers in F1 rate for a long time. Raikkonen will bid farewell to the beloved sport after 344 games and 19 seasons.
Raikkonen’s F1 adventure began with Sauber, the team now known as Alfa Romeo, in 2001. In that time, the young driver made history for the Hinwil team, helping them finish fourth in the F1 constructors’ championship – the best result in their history.
The last period of Raikkonen’s F1 debut is also associated with the Swiss team. The 2007 world champion joined Alfa Romeo in the 2019 season, as it turns out, for the last three years in the queen of motorsports.
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“Alfa Romeo would like to express its gratitude to Kimi for the amazing seasons he had together in these two terms. For his work ethic and his passion for racing. And for his insistence on doing it from his first test at Fiorano to last week’s training summaries for the Belgian. GP. For being there. For always being true to the Himself. For something that captivated everyone who worked with him and for him ”- wrote Alfa Romeo in his farewell words.
“The team wishes Kimi all the best in this well-deserved retirement, knowing that he and his family will be very happy to come home after seeing the last checkered flag in Abu Dhabi. But before that, let’s finish this illustrious career at what it deserves”- the team added.
Swiss team boss Frederic Vasseur also decided on special words. – There is no other driver like Kimi. “His presence, charisma and exceptional demeanor, combined with the innate skills that gave him a chance in 2001, made him a legend in our sport in a way that numbers and stats do not reflect,” Vasseur said.
I have had the pleasure of working with him over the years and I think I speak for everyone who works at Alfa Romeo. From the production hall in Hinwil to the garage in Zandvoort, this is where we got this message. A driver like Kimi has written beautiful and indelible pages in the history of our team and our sport.
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