By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Ferrari has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will step down from his current role following the 2018 Formula 1 season.
In the midst of his second stint with the Maranello-based squad, the 38-year-old Finn has endured a fair amount of difficulties, having scored zero wins and 23 podiums in 93 races over that span. However, this season has seen a resurgence of sorts with nine podiums through the first 14 events, including a pole and runner-up finish in the most recent round – the Italian Grand Prix – at Monza.
Raikkonen’s only world title came in 2007 during his first stint with the team – coincidentally the last time Ferrari had a driver claim the championship – and lasted through the end of 2009.
“During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the Team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental,” Ferrari said via team statement. “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.”