Raikkonen to take a sabbatical in 2010 

Written by David on November 18th, 2009 at 2:11 pmLast Update: November 18th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Kimi Raikkonen2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will not race in the 2010 Formula One championship.

Following the difficulties in reaching an agreement with the McLaren Mercedes F1 team, the Finn’s manager has announced that Raikkonen will take a sabbatical from F1.

“The options in F1 were with McLaren next season or not at all. Kimi and McLaren were unable to reach an agreement, so he will not drive at the F1 level – at least not next year,” said Steve Robertson, Raikkonen’s manager.

“A gap year means nothing for Kimi. He is more interested in fighting for wins and the world championship. F1 will miss Kimi. He worked hard over the summer – doing things in a Ferrari that only the best drivers are capable of,” he added.

After his debut in 2001 with the Sauber Petronas team, Kimi Raikkonen joined McLaren Mercedes for five seasons – from 2002 to 2006 – before moving to Ferrari in 2007 where he won the drivers’ championship.

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