Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso react to Lotus driver’s Ferrari announcement

Fernando Alonso, then of McLaren, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen share the podium in Spain during the

Fernando Alonso, then of McLaren, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen share the podium in Spain during the 2007 season. In 2014 the pair will be team-mates at Maranello for the first time. - Credit: AP

Kimi Raikkonen admits he cannot wait to get reacquainted with his old Ferrari colleagues following his confirmed 2014 return to Maranello.

The Finn and 2007 world champion will leave Hethel-backed Lotus at the end of this season to replace Felipe Massa and help – or should that be compete with – new team-mate Fernando Alonso.

'I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,' said Raikkonen.

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'I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years. First and foremost, winning the world championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable.

'I can't wait to be driving a prancing horse again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links – as well as working with Fernando, whom I consider a great driver – in order to bring the team the success it deserves.'

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Having been the undisputed number one at Ferrari since walking out of McLaren four years ago, Alonso is likely to find a different atmosphere come next season.

In response to Raikkonen's arrival, the Spaniard told Ferrari's website: 'I'd like to welcome my new travelling companion: together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.'

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