Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Kimi targets bright future at Ferrari

Returning hero: Kimi Raikkonen is delighted to be back at Ferrari

KIMI Raikkonen is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances after his return to Ferrari on a two-year deal was confirmed.

Raikkonen, who will leave Lotus to join Ferrari as the replacement for Felipe Massa next season, won the 2007 world championship during his first stint with the Italian team but left just two years later after apparently growing disillusioned with the sport.

Two indifferent years in rallying reignited his passion for F1, and he has impressed since returning at the start of 2012, winning two races and finishing third in the drivers' championship.

"I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years," Raikkonen said.

"I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years, first and foremost, winning the world championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable."

The move pairs the rapid Finn with two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in what will arguably be the strongest driver line-up on the grid.

"I can't wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando, whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves," he added.

Raikkonen contested 52 grands prix for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009, winning on nine occasions.

Six of those victories came in his first season as he beat McLaren duo Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to the world title by a single point.

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