In news that will hardly come as a shock to anyone, Kimi Räikkönen will remain in F1 for another season with Lotus, the team has announced today.
The Finn had signed a two-year deal to race for the team as he reignites his F1 career after spending two years rallying.
The 2007 World Champion made his F1 debut as a pimple-faced racer with just 23 car races to his name back in 2001. Driving for Sauber, he scored a championship point on debut, and drove impressively enough to be awarded the role of Mika Häkkinen’s replacement at McLaren for the 2002 and beyond.
He claimed his maiden Grand Prix win in 2003 en route to finishing at that year’s championship runner-up, and repeated the result in 2005, narrowly losing out on both crowns through poor reliability.
He switched to Ferrari after the 2006 season, and claimed a come-from-behind championship title in the final race of the 2007 season, winning by a single point.
Two more years with Ferrari yielded less than was expected for all concerned, and he was forced out of the team at the end of 2009 to make way for Fernando Alonso.
He made his F1 comeback with Lotus, and has driven impressively all season long to lie third overall in the championship standings, despite having not finished on top of the podium as yet.
Interestingly, Lotus chose not to announce the identity of his team-mate in their video ‘reveal’, although it is almost certain that Romain Grosjean will be confirmed for another season.