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BREAKING NEWS: Raikkonen to leave Ferrari and join Sauber

157   //    11 Sep 2018, 14:12 IST

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2018 Formula One season and join Sauber, it has been confirmed.

The Finn is in his second spell with Ferrari, having won the 2007 world title with the Italian team during his initial stint.

Raikkonen rejoined in 2014 to partner Fernando Alonso and has worked alongside Sebastian Vettel for the past three years, though the 38-year-old's departure does not signal the end of his F1 career.

Sauber followed up Ferrari's update by confirming they have signed Raikkonen - who sits third in this year's championship standings - on a two-year deal.

"Signing Kimi Raikkonen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future," the team said.

"Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense experience in Formula One will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole.

"Together, we will start the 2019 season with a strong foundation, driven by the determination to fight for results that count."