Kimi Raikkonen will be the replacement for Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher, who is retiring at the end of this season. Twenty-six year old Raikkonen, who currently drives for Mercedes-McLaren, has signed a contract that will last until the end of 2009. He will be joined by Brazil’s Felipe Massa, who has renewed his contract until the end of the 2008 season.

Formerly, there were rumours that Moto GP star Valentino Rossi might be joining the Ferrari team but everyone knew that only Kimi Raikkonen was the right man for the job. In our opinion, Raikkonen has always been Schumacher’s heir apparent and perhaps now he will have the chance to show his true potential in Formula One by having a reliable F1 car. It has been terribly disappointing watching Kimi start a race with so much potential, only to see him retire before the finish. Together, the two drivers will make a formidable team, and should make next year’s F1 season very interesting indeed.