Kimi Räikkönen has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2021 Formula One season. After 19 years in the sport, the Iceman has called it quits on a colourful career, that has seen him achieve 20 race victories, over 100 podiums, and one world crown!
After joining the sport in 2001 with Sauber, Kimi put on display all of his talents, with a stunning debut at Australia’s Albert Park circuit, finishing sixth, and claiming his first world championship point, the first of 1865 points! During this time he achieved the world championship in 2007, beating rookie Lewis Hamilton by just one point. His last race win came at the 2018 USA Grand Prix, beating previously mentioned Hamilton to the chequered flag.
So what does this do to the driver market then?
Well, it means that George Russell is all but confirmed at Mercedes, with current driver Valtteri Bottas expected to move to Alfa Romeo. The vacant Williams seat is more interesting, however, with Toto Wolff and Christian Horner apparently fighting over who shall take the drive. Of course, Wolff is rooting for Nyck De Vries, current Formula E champion, to make his debut, or Stoffel Vandoorne to make a return to the top tier of Motorsport, after receiving the boot from McLaren back in 2018. Meanwhile, Horner is of course pushing for former Red Bull driver Alexander Albon to make a return, after being dropped for Sergio Perez.
Interestingly, however, it has also been rumoured that Antonio Giovonazzi may not be resigned for 2022, and instead Alfa going for Nyck De Vries!
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