The so-called "silly season" in Formula One conjured up all kinds of rumors, and most of them revolved around Kimi Raikkonen. Would the 2007 World Champion stay at Lotus? Would he switch to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber? Would he return to Ferrari?

Well now we have the answer. Ferrari has confirmed that the Finn is heading back to Maranello, where he will partner with Fernando Alonso starting next season in a two-year deal. That means Felipe Massa, who has been at Ferrari since 2006 but has struggled to keep up the pace since his catastrophic crash in 2009, will need to find a new seat.

The announcement opens up a series of questions as a game of musical chairs commences. Where will Massa go? Who will fill Raikkonen's seat at Lotus? And will Alonso tolerate the team bringing in another former champion and serious contender to challenge his position as number one at the top team? We'll just have to wait and see, but the move in and of itself demonstrates a certain businesslike lack of personal emotion on Kimi's part, having been unceremoniously dumped by Ferrari three years ago to make way for Alonso. Head on down below for the rather Raikkonenly brief announcement.
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Welcome back Kimi

Maranello, 11 September 2013 - 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.


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      safeerexus
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this isn't news then I don't know what is. Firstly Red Bull can kiss the Constructor's championship goodbye next year & they'll also be kicking themselves for taking Ricciardo instead of Raikkonen. Ferrari pulled a fast one on them for sure. This is also a major shift in Ferrari's racing policy of having a clear No.1 & No.2 driver. Obviously they're hell bent on ending Red Bull's domination. The most intimidating driver pairing since Senna/Prost.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @safeerexus
        I actually disagree... I have a sneaking suspicion that the Red Bull car is significantly faster than we think... They are dominating this year with EASE, and that's against a grid that is arguably one of the best in history.
        jmchladek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @safeerexus
        I wouldn't award Ferrari the title just yet. They are STILL not the same organization they were when Schumacher drove for them and mechanically their cars haven't been quite as good as they have needed to be to take on Red Bull. Besides, rather than saying Alonso and Kimi are like Prost/Senna, I might rather say they are more like Lauda/Prost with Vettel being Senna (since Schumacher seems too easy a comparison and I think Vettel is more capable in skill than Michael was).
          MikeInNC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jmchladek
          I give Vettel a lot of respect but to say he's got better skills than Schumi in his prime seems like a stretch. Schumacher won from the back many times as well as being able to dominate from the front as Vettel does. He was also completely unstoppable in the rain, unlike anything I've seen from Vettel. Not to mention, he'd likely have an 8th title but for the season he broke his leg when he had the mechanical failure. Vettel is a great driver but, I don't see his skills matching those of Schumacher yet.
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's gonna be a cold season for Red Bull next year.
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      guess that proves that divorce is not final. Are we going to see Alonso being a cry baby in a pram (re at McLaren with Lewis) Part Deux. If Kimi out paces him like Lewis did then Alonso risks being highly over rated. Ferrari needs a lapdog for driver 2 and that is not Kimi, are we going to see a Senna vs Prost era?
      Shahul
      • 1 Year Ago
      thats going to be a scay team, maybe Red bull will have a challenge finally between Ferrari and Mercedess AMG
      HollywoodF1
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are friends and rivals. It will motivate them both.
      michaelmcgrath
      • 1 Year Ago
      Curious to see how the unfiltered Iceman reintegrates himself into the hot-blooded Italian family with their 'kiss the ring' machismo. Especially with a prized #1 driver whose had the benefit of relegating his #2 teammate to a parts tester over the past few years. Ferrari Shore.
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      So will Kimi really play the role as a pure #2 to Alonso next year? I can't see Kimi accepting team orders to move aside for his teammate except possibly towards the end of the season. Should be interesting to see what happens.
        Racerman967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cayman
        No. Team- "Kimi, Fernando is faster than you" Kim-"Shut the F@#% up. If he is faster then why is he behind me?" Team- "Uhhhh" Fernando-" is he going to move over?' Team-"Not exactly"
          safeerexus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Racerman967
          Scenario #2: Ferrari- "Fernando, Kimi is faster than you...(in Italian)" Alonso- "So what? Tell him it's "Multi 12" Ferrari- "Kimi told us to tell you to kiss his Multi 12 A$$ & get ready to be overtaken" Alonso- "I don't want anymore radio messages for the race..."
          stevenh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Racerman967
          Team- "Kimi, Fernando is faster than you" Kimi - "leave me alone, I know what I am doing"
      Joey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow I guess Ferrari is not messing around in getting the best drivers at all costs. Between Alonso and Kimi that's a good $50M+ in salaries. Too bad for Hulkenberg, I was secretly wishing he would get the nod after his podium in Monza. Maybe he'll land at Lotus, he deserves a better car. Massa back to Sauber? :)
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey
        Not unless Massa suddenly becomes a teenager that has a father with pockets full of cash, which takes precedence over talent these days apparently.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          Massa doesn't need the cash unlike other F1 drivers.
        Gr@y_F0XXX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey
        He finished 5th at Monza, started 3rd
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gr@y_F0XXX
          And had team orders to give up one spot; which granted he may have lost anyway.
      jmchladek
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was fully expecting Kimi to go to Red Bull. Considering how blunt the Finn is, he likely won't hang back as second fiddle at the prancing horse team since he does tend to get every ounce out of a car if he can and pull no punches on any compliments or criticisms of the machine.
        Doss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jmchladek
        Go to Red Bull to avoid playing second fiddle? What? (cough) Vettel
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      :O
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... No more "Fernando is faster than you", broken engine seals, on-purpose teammate crashes and polish my shoes advantage for the Spaniard....
        safeerexus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        He doesn't need it,he's the best racing driver extant & it doesn't matter who his teammate is...
          Kip
          • 1 Year Ago
          @safeerexus
          He may be one of the better drivers, but Alonso has also proven himself a bit of a diva. If Ferrari truly isn't going to chose a No.1 and No.2, Kimi's going to give Alonso a run, Alonso will get his panties in a bunch, Ferrari will cave to his demands for team orders, Kimi won't cave to Ferrari's team orders, and Red Bull will continue to win. They're both excellent drivers, but I think they're going to make a bad team.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shut up. He knows what he is doing.
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