Raikkonen to end illustrious F1 career after 2021 season

Kimi Raikkonen will bring an end to his Formula One career at the close of the 2021 campaign after announcing his retirement from the sport.

The Finnish driver has become a household name in the F1 world, being crowned world champion in 2007 and taking 21 wins, 18 pole positions and 103 podiums from 344 races.

In a social media post on Instagram, The Iceman announced his intention to retire and end his time in the F1 paddock.

“This is it, this will be my last season in Formula 1,” he said.

“This is a decision I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is time for new things.

“Even though the season is still on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time.

“Formula 1 might come to an end for me but there is a lot more in life that I want to experience and enjoy.”

The 41-year-old’s career began with Sauber back in 2001, and has since gone on to race with the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus.

A two-year stint in rallying in 2010 and 2011 could convince Raikkonen to move back to rally cars for a second time, however his future intentions are not yet known.

It is also not known who will take up the open seats at Alfa Romeo, with the team yet to decide on both of their drivers for 2022 the likes of Valtteri Bottas have been linked with a move should Mercedes sign George Russell.