In the latest case of F1 musical chairs, former world champ Kimi Raikkonen has announced he will leave Ferrari at the end of the season and rejoin Sauber, while current Sauber driver Charles Leclerc will fill his shoes back at Ferrari. Kimi made his F1 debut in 2001 with Sauber, so the return to the team, after five years with Ferrari, is warmly welcomed.
“Guess who’s back?!”, he announced on Instagram with an adorable throwback snap of him in his early Sauber days. “Next two years with Sauber ahead! Feels extremely good to go back where it all began!”
Ferrari said of the move: “During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the Team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player.
“As a World Champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the Team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future.” Kimi moves on with a current history of 20 Grand Prix wins and 100 podiums, not to mention a World Championship.