Ferrari have confirmed Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen will join Fernando Alonso at the Italian team from 2014 after agreeing a two-year contract.
Raikkonen leaves Lotus to return to the team which released him from his contract on full pay a year early at the end of 2009 to make room for the arrival of Alonso. However, with Felipe Massa having announced he would not be remaining at Ferrari beyond the end of this season the team has now confirmed Raikkonen will return on a two-year deal.
A statement from Ferrari read: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two racing seasons.”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali said he was “delighted” to have Raikkonen back at Ferrari.
“I am delighted to welcome back Kimi to the Scuderia with which he was crowned World Champion,” Domenicali said. “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.”
Although Alonso has been the number one driver at Ferrari for the last four seasons the team is yet to win a drivers’ championship since Raikkonen’s success in 2007. Nico Hulkenberg had also been linked with Ferrari earlier this year, but he is now one of the favourites for the vacant seat at Lotus.