Kimi Raikkonen will keep his F1 career alive for another two seasons at least, despite losing his place at Ferrari to youngster Charles Leclerc. The 38-year-old has been signed up by Sauber, the small Swiss team where he started his career way back in 2001.
“I heard about this possibility already at Monza,” former team owner and boss Peter Sauber told Blick newspaper – “That is happens is a great signal for the team and the fans,” he added.
Sauber thinks it is the changes made at the team, such as the alliance with Alfa Romeo and the new management headed by Frederic Vasseur, that convinced Kimi Raikkonen to join: “A year ago he probably would not have taken this step,” said Peter Sauber.
At the same time, it is very likely that we will see Sergio Marchionne’s plan continue and a young Ferrari driver to race next to an ex Formula One world Champion, in the form of Scuderia Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi. Antonio Giovinazzi’s current manager is no less than Enrico Zanarini, former manager for Ferrari’s Eddie Irvine and Giancarlo Fisichella, who was instrumental in securing Fisichella’s seat at the Maranello team replacing the ill fated reserve driver Luca Badoer after Felipe Massa’s accident back in 2009. Zanarini knows the landscape for sure. He worked for Alfa in Australia in 70’s and lives in Switzerland.