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Dubai: Kimi Raikkonen, the former Formula One drivers’ world champion, will leave Ferrari at the end of this season.

It will mean the end of the 38-year-old Finn’s second spell with Ferrari after five years.

It has been confirmed that 20-year-old Sauber driver Charles Leclerc wll replace the 2007 world champion.

Monaco-born Leclerc will partner four-time Sebastian Vettel in the 2019 campaign.

In a statement. Maurizio Arrivabene, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, said: “Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player.

“As a World Champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the Team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future.”