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Raikkonen to Depart Ferrari at End of 2018

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.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune, and has been on the racing scene since 2012. He has published works in AutoWeek Magazine, as well as IndyCar.com and Motorsport.com, among others. A background that includes semi-professional football and work at a nearby racing school, he has brought that same focus and intensity to the motorsports media world. Additionally, Joey is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, New York Rangers, and can also hold his own on a bowling lane.