Kimi Raikkonen confirmed on Wednesday he will retire from Formula One at the end of 2021.
The 41-year-old Finn known as “The Iceman” drives for the struggling Alfa Romeo team and will finish the this season.
“This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1,” Raikkonen wrote on Instagram.
“Even though the season is still on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time.
“Formula 1 might come to an end for me but there is a lot more in life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you around after all of this.”
Raikkonen has struggled for form this season, and currently lies 17th in the drivers’ standings, having scored just two points.
During his 344 Grand Prix weekends to date, he has taken 21 wins, 103 podiums and 18 pole positions and now has 10 further races to potentially add to that tally.
It remains unclear who will replace him at Alfa Romeo, with several names including Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas being mentioned.
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While leading the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he famously told his Lotus race engineer, “Leave me alone, I know what to do!,” which remains one of the most famous broadcasted radio message in F1 history.