Kimi Raikkonen has officially been confirmed as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate for the 2014 season.
The announcement of Kimi’s two-year contract came the day after his predecessor and former team-mate Felipe Massa announced he was leaving Ferrari at the end of this season.
Raikkonen was with the Scuderia between the years of 2007 and 2009, when he was then paid to leave the team ahead of Alonso’s 2010 arrival.
Now however, the 33-year-old will make a return to the team, after a two-year sabbatical in the World Rally Championship and a two-year spell with Lotus, the descendant of Alonso’s Championship winning Renault.
“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.” Raikkonen said.
Alonso, who had earlier said he would welcome whoever Ferrari chose at Felipe’s replacement today said, “I’d like to welcome my new travelling companion: together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.”
It’s not yet known who will replace Kimi at Lotus, with some suggesting that Nico Hulkenberg might make the move from Sauber while others speculate that Pastor Maldonado’s attractive sponsorship could win him the place.