Finnish Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Ferrari on a two-year deal, the Italian sports car manufacturer's racing team division said Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Raikkonen will join Spain's Fernando Alonso in Ferrari's driver line-up starting in 2014 as the replacement for Brazil's Felipe Massa, who announced Tuesday that he would be leaving the Maranello, Italy-based team at the end of the current Formula One season.
The Iceman will be coming back to the team he drove for between 2007, the year he won his lone Formula One drivers' title, and 2009.
After leaving Ferrari that year, Raikkonen competed in rallies for two seasons and then returned to Formula One in 2012 to race for Lotus, along with teammate Romain Grosjean.
"I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years. 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," Raikkonen said after the signing was made official.
"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," he added.
Raikkonen is currently fourth in the 2013 drivers' standings with 134 points after a disappointing 11th-place finish in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso is in second place but is 53 points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who is seeking his fourth straight title. EFE