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F1: Kimi Raikkonen leaves Formula 1 at 41

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F1: Kimi Raikkonen leaves Formula 1 at 41

The Finnish rider mentioned goodbye to the championship after 341 races, the very best in historical past.

Kimi Raikkonen this season.THE WORLD

Finnish Kimi raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), System 1 world champion in 2007, introduced on Wednesday its retirement from the queen class of motorsport as quickly as this season ends. “This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1,” defined Kimi, 41, who, at 341, is the motive force with the very best variety of races contested in motorsport’s honor division. The motive force made his debut in 2001 and has accomplished a profession with 21 victories, 18 pole positions and 46 quickest laps. “It is a decision I made last winter,” famous the ‘ice man, as he’s recognized in motoring circles.

“It was not an easy decision, but after this season it will be time for new things,” wrote, on his Instagram account, Raikkonen, additionally runner-up on the planet of System in 2003 and in 2005, the place Fernando Alonso received his first title. “Although the season is still ongoing, I want to thank my family, all my teams and everyone related to my racing career; and above all to all of you, my fans, who have been supporting me all this time. “mentioned Kimi, who has been on a System One podium 103 occasions and competed within the World Rally Championship between 2009 and 2011, earlier than returning to the motorsport honors division in 2012.

“Formula 1 may have come to an end for me, but there are many more things in life that I want to experience and enjoy, still. See you there after all this. With all my heart, Kimi,” wrote the eccentric Finnish star this Wednesday in his farewell announcement of the class queen of the motor.