Raikkonen wants to exit on a high

A proud Kimi Raikkonen has vowed to end his career with Ferrari by giving the team and his fans something to remember this weekend.

Raikkonen, who makes way for Fernando Alonso next year, has as yet failed to secure himself a race seat for 2010, despite speculation continually linking him with a return to McLaren.

As far as the Finn is concerned, this year has been largely one to forget as he and the team have only occasionally shown glimpses of the form that netted them three of the four titles on offer in 2007 and 2008.

It is why Raikkonen is determined to go out on a high on Sunday in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit.

“It’s time for me to say goodbye to the guys at Ferrari after three years together,” remarked Raikkonen.

“I’m proud of the things we achieved, especially the drivers’ title in 2007 and the constructors’ title in the same year and in 2008.

“This season the car wasn’t as competitive as we wanted, but at least we managed to win one race and we gained a certain amount of points.

“Let’s hope we can conclude the season with something nice to be remembered, and as usual I’ll give it everything to gain the best possible result.

“Hopefully it will be enough to regain the third place in the constructors’ championship McLaren took over from us in Brazil.”

But on a new track and with nothing on the line after Jenson Button and Brawn GP sealed the drivers’ and constructor’s crowns in Brazil 11 days ago, Raikkonen believes there maybe a surprise or two this weekend.

“As the two titles have gone and everything already decided, maybe there are certain drivers who will risk a little more,” assessed Raikkonen.

“As far as the circuit is concerned, it’s difficult to make any predictions because we’re racing there for the first time.

“We can see the organisers have done some great work and the circuit seems to me very interesting and challenging.

“There will be a very special challenge given the fact we’ll start the race in sunlight and it will end under artificial lights.

“That will definitely add some suspense.”

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