Räikkönen to race for new F1 team next year

After 4 years at Ferrari the Iceman is moving on!

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File picture of Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen / Credit: Sauber Motorsport

Finnish Formula One racing star Kimmi Räikkönen will be racing for a new team next year.

For the 2019 season he will be part of the Alfa Romea Sauber team, in a new two year deal announced today.

Räikkönen – who is also known by his nickname ‘Iceman’ – has been with his current team Ferrari for the last four years, and won a total of 20 Grand Prix races in his career, as well as the 2007 World Championship. He’s also secured 100 podium finishes

In a statement, the CEO of Sauber Motorsport says that hiring Räikkönen represents “an important pillor of our project, and brins us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future”.

“Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense expertise in Formula One will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole” says Sauber’s Frédéric Vasseur.

Räikkönen, originally from Espoo, first started kart racing at the age of 10, and had his first foreign race in Monaco at age 15.