Räikkönen’s first stint in Formula One lasted from 2001 (when he joined Sauber) to 2009, when the Finnish driver departed Ferrari to drive in the WRC series. Along the way, Räikkönen took the 2007 championship behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but abruptly left the team with a year remaining on his contract after the 2009 season.
Räikkönen was less than successful in WRC, earning just one stage win in two seasons of competition. Next came NASCAR, where he drove a few Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series events for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
That brings us to 2012, when Kimi signed a two-year deal to race F1 cars for Lotus. With one year under his belt, word in the paddock was that Räikkönen would change teams for the 2013 season, or would again leave F1 for another series.
Not so, says, Lotus F1, who’s produced the above video to commemorate Räikkönen’s announcement that he’ll be back with the teamn for 2013. We hope so, since he’s been able to drive a marginally-competitive car to a podium finish six times this season, and currently sits third in the championship points.
With slightly better hardware, could Räikkönen challenge for the championship next season? Our instincts say yes, but the good news is that we’ll get a conclusive answer in 2013.