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    Default Raikkonen returning to Ferrari in 2014 to partner with Alonso

    Kimi Raikkonen will leave Lotus and make a sensational return to Ferrari in 2014, it was confirmed on Wednesday. It follows Tuesday’s news that Felipe Massa will exit the Italian team at the end of the year.

    Raikkonen - who previously drove for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009, winning nine races and the 2007 drivers’ title - has signed a two-year deal with the Scuderia, ending intense speculation about his future.

    The Finn, 33, will partner Fernando Alonso, meaning that Ferrari will field an all-world champion line-up for the first time since 1953 when Alberto Ascari and Nino Farina were paired together.

    “I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” Raikkonen told the Ferrari website. "I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years, first and foremost, winning the world championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable.

    "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.”

    Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Kimi back to the Scuderia, the team with which he won his world championship title. I sense he is very happy to be returning to Maranello and very determined to tackle the work that awaits him in the best way possible.”

    Alonso echoed his team principal’s sentiments, saying: “I’d like to welcome my new travelling companion: together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.”
    This should be interesting. Ferrari will have the two best drivers on the grid, IMO.
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    "Fernando is faster than you"
    "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing"
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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    "Fernando is faster than you"
    "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing"
    Yep. Can't wait. lol
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    Too many chiefs. I foresee another Alonso & Hamilton 2007 situation. Alonso has always liked a number 2 driver (just look at Monza qualifying) while Kimi doesn't played 2nd to anyone. I wonder how Ferrari plan on managing this.
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    Poor Felipe Massa, ever since that spring hit him he just has not been the same.
    If nothing happens and there is no one around why did it not happen?

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    Ferrari could have Vettel too but if they can't build a competitive car and do some decent race strategy with all the brain trust they have geeze go race priuses. That last race may never have been won but they did not even give Fenando a chance leaving him out laps on dead tires as Ferari handed Vettel at least a 5 sec gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    geeze go race priuses.
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    Kimi is my favorite current F1 driver, but he's not a good fit at Ferrari. It should make for a lot of fun next season . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Se7en View Post
    Poor Felipe Massa, ever since that spring hit him he just has not been the same.
    No wonder ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Kimi is my favorite current F1 driver, but he's not a good fit at Ferrari. It should make for a lot of fun next season . . .
    These are my sentiments exactly. Should make for an exciting team mate rivalry. My money is on Alonzo though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Se7en View Post
    Poor Felipe Massa, ever since that spring hit him he just has not been the same.
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Kimi is my favorite current F1 driver, but he's not a good fit at Ferrari. It should make for a lot of fun next season . . .
    Agreed.

    Ferrari's contract is only for one year and an option for a second.

    Martin Whitmarsh is still a big fan of Kimi and it seems like he wouldn't mind having him back at McLaren. I would love to see Kimi in a McLaren-Honda in 2015.
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