Kimi Raikkonen will race for Ferrari in 2014 after agreeing a two-year deal that takes the former world champion back to the glamour team he left in 2009.
Raikkonen won the world title with Ferrari in 2007, the first of three years he spent partnering Massa at the Italian team.
Ferrari said on wednesday the 33-year-old Finnish 'Iceman', currently competing for Lotus, would replace Brazilian Felipe Massa alongside Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso.
“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement with Kimi Raikkonen,” it said. “The Finn will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two racing seasons.”
Massa, championship runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in 2008 before he suffered near-fatal head injuries in Hungary the following year, had already announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he would no longer be driving for Ferrari next year.
“I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together,” he said.
“Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my fans and all my sponsors. From each one of you I have always received a great support!
“Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining seven races.”
FERRARI’S LAST CHAMPION
Raikkonen’s 2007 championship was the last time Ferrari won a world title, after which British duo Jenson Button, in a Brawn, and Lewis Hamilton, in a McLaren, claimed the crown before Red Bull's Sebatian Vettel began his three-year domination.
Raikkonen left Formula One in 2009, moving to the World Rally Championship, and was replaced at Ferrari by Alonso.
He had won nine Grands Prix for Ferrari, having also won nine during a five-year spell at McLaren, where he twice finished runner-up, in 2003 behind Michael Schumacher and then in 2005 to Alonso.
After a stint in Nascar he returned to Formula One in 2012 with Lotus, where he has won two Grands Prix.
KIMI RAIKKONEN’S CV
Born 17 October 1979 in Espoo, Finland.
Began go-karting aged 11 and entered the British Formula Renault series in 1999. He was champion the following year with seven wins from 10 races.
Sauber signed him at the end of 2000, despite his lack of experience. Then-FIA president Max Mosley was one of the doubters, only reluctantly handing him a Formula One superlicence after Sauber pleaded his case.
Raikkonen scored a point on his debut in Australia in 2001. By the end of that season he had scored nine points and been signed by McLaren to replace compatriot Mika Hakkinen.
Dubbed 'Ice Man' by McLaren team boss Ron Dennis for his calmness under pressure, he pushed Ferrari's Michael Schumacher all the way in 2003 but missed out on the championship by two points. He now has 'Iceman' tattooed on his forearm.
Runner-up to Renault's Fernando Alonso in 2005, winning as many races (seven) as his Spanish rival.
On 10 September, 2006, Ferrari announced he had been signed to replace seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher.
World champion in 2007, beating Hamilton and Alonso by a single point after winning three of the final four races in a stunning comeback.
Third in the 2008 championship and eclipsed by team mate Felipe Massa. At the end of 2009, after winning just one race, he was paid off for the remaining year of his contract and replaced by Alonso.
Spent the next two years in World Rally Championship and Nascar.
Returned to Formula One with Lotus in 2012 and made an instant impression, ending the year third overall. Until this year's Belgian Grand Prix, he had racked up a record 27 consecutive points-scoring finishes. Raikkonen also won the 2013 season-opener in Australia.
WHAT NOW FOR FELIPE?
Massa says he wants to stay in Formula One but has yet to find a drive for 2014.
“For next year,” he said, “I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the Championship which remains my greatest objective!”
Massa has spent eight years with Ferrari since joining from Sauber in 2006.
In 2008 he came within a couple of bends of winning the world title, only for Lewis Hamilton to snatch it by overtaking Timo Glock two corners from the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
It was Massa's best season in a Ferrari and the only time he challenged for the title, although he finished third in 2006 and fourth in 2007.
His 2009 season ended in July's Hungarian Grand Prix when he suffered a horror injury in a crash in qualifying after being hit on the head by a suspension spring that had fallen from compatriot Rubens Barrichello's Brawn.
Massa suffered a head injury that was initially thought to be life-threatening but he recovered and was driving for Ferrari again in 2010.
He has won 11 races in his Ferrari career, the last coming in 2008. - Reuters/AFP