Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo Racing will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, the 41-year-old Finnish racer confirmed last week.
Raikkonen posted on Instagram: “This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1. This is a decission I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is time for new things.”
He added, “Even though the season is still on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time.”
Raikkonen, also known as “The Iceman,” is one of the oldest racers in today’s F1, where the youngest driver just turned 21.
Twenty years ago, Raikkonen made his F1 debut in Sauber (today’s Alfa Romeo) but only stayed there for one season before joining McLaren and spending an unpleasant five years there. In 2007, Raikkonen signed with Ferrari, winning his first and only world championship in the same year.