The 2021 season will be Kimi Raikkonen’s final season in Formula 1, he announced on Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: It means that one seat is free at Alfa Romeo for next year, intensifying rumors inside the paddock about who will be the Finn’s replacement.

Details:

  • It will be the second time Raikkonen leaves Formula 1, this time permanently.
  • The 2021 season will be Raikkonen’s 19th and last in the series, ending a career with many records broken, including most race starts, which he can extend up to 350 by the end of this season.
  • “This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1. This is a decision I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is time for new things,” Raikkonen’s statement read.

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