Kimi Raikkonen to leave Ferrari this year: Formula 1 team reveal all about exit

KIMI RAIKKONEN will leave Ferrari at the end of the season.

The Formula 1 team announced the departure of the 2007 champion in a statement this morning.

The 38-year-old has driven for Ferrari in two spells, from 2007 to 2009 and from 2014 to the current campaign.

But this season will be his last with the historic constructor.

A Ferrari statement read: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that, at the end of the 2018 season, Kimi Raikkonen will step down from his current role.

“During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. 

“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.”

Ferrari did not reveal who will take over from Raikkonen in their now-vacant seat next season.

But Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc is expected to take over from the Finn, who is currently third in the F1 Standings.

Leclerc, a 20-year-old Ferrari protege who races for Sauber, won last year’s Formula Two title and is expected to have a huge future in the sport.

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