Kimi Räikkönen Replaces Felipe Massa At Ferrari
By John Beltz Snyder
September 11, 2013
Ferrari has announced that Kimi Räikkönen with take Felipe Massa’s place on the Formula 1 team. The Finn will join Fernando Alonso as the Scuderia takes another attempt at the championship next year.
Räikkönen won his World Championship title with Ferrari in 2007, but left the team in 2009. “I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” Räikkönen stated. “I can’t wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando, whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves.”
Räikkönen has signed on with Ferrari for the next two racing seasons.
Fernando Alonso had this to say of Massa’s departure: “I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me and the team during this journey we have made together over all these years. Come the end of the season, it will not be easy to say goodbye to a teammate like him.”
Felipe Massa has not yet signed with another team. On Instagram, Massa has said, “Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining 7 races. For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the Championship which remains my greatest objective!”