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Former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen To Retire At Close Of 2021 Season


Former 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen has announced he will retire from the sport at the end of the 2021 season.

The 41-year-old – who turns 42 next month – driver from Finland won the 2007 Formula 1 driver’s championship with Ferrari, finished second overall twice [2003 and 2005], third three times [2008, 2012 and 2018] and has won a grand total of 21 grands prix in 341 starts [the most in F1 history and with 103 of those resulting in podium finishes] over the span of his 20-year career.

Shortly after winning the F1 driver’s world championship with Ferrari, Raikkonen took two years off and competed in both the World Rally Championship [WRC – where he finished 10th overall] and a brief NASCAR stint before returning to F1.

Raikkonen has driven for Alfa Romeo for the past three years and his best finish in that time was a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

“This is it. This will be my last season in Formula One. This is a decision I did during last winter,” said Raikkonen on his Instagram. “Formula 1 might come to an end for me but there is a lot more in life that I want to experience and enjoy.”

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