After Red Bull Racing recently confirmed Daniel Ricciardo as the replacement driver for the retiring Mark Webber, Ferrari has just announced the most significant drivers change for the 2014 season. Following Felipe Massas confirmation that he’s leaving the team at the end of this year, Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen has been confirmed as the team’s second driver.
Raikkonen has quite a rich history with Ferrari with the Iceman winning his first and only Formula One World Championship with the team back in 2007. Raikkonen will join two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.
After the announcement came, Raikkonen said, “I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” said Kimi. “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.”
For those that didn’t know, Formula One will undergo significant rule changes next season with turbocharged V6 engines set to replace the current naturally-aspirated V8 engines.