Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari

of Finland drives a team car during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in 2009. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen says he’s happy to be back at Ferrari and has good memories of his last stint with the team.

Ferrari has released a brief quote from Raikkonen regarding his return, and while it may contain a touch of PR spin, it’s all he seems prepared to say for the moment.

“I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years,” said Raikkonen. “I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years, (including) first and foremost, winning the World Championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable.

“I can’t wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando (Alonso), whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves.”

Alonso said of his future teammate: “I’d like to welcome my new traveling companion. Together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.”

Meanwhile, team boss added: “I am pleased to welcome Kimi back to the Scuderia, the team with which he won his World Championship title. I sense he is very happy to be returning to Maranello and very determined to tackle the work that awaits him in the best way possible.”

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