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Raikkonen return looks clear as Massa confirms Ferrari exit

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Kimi Raikkonen's return to Ferrari looks all but sealed as Felipe Massa confirms his exit from the Italian team.

Posting on Twitter and Instagram, Massa said that "From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari."

The news has cleared the path for Raikkonen's return, despite current lead driver Fernando Alonso saying he would prefer if the team had kept Massa and Lotus saying that Raikkonen wants to stay.

Relations are said to be frosty between Alonso and Raikkonen after Raikkonen was booted from Ferrari in 2009 order to make way for the two-time World Champion. Raikkonen left the sport soon after, not being able to find a drive and moved onto touring cars before returning in 2012 with Lotus.

Alonso's position at Ferrari itself is in question. The Spanish driver, who won the World Championship in 2005 and 2006, has been critical of Ferrari's car this year, at one point saying he would like 'someone else's car' for his birthday.

The Spaniard hasn't won himself many friends in the Ferrari paddock with those comments and there have even been rumours they he may soon follow Massa out of the door, maybe with a switch to Lotus.

At the moment though, it seems Ferrari will be lining up with two of the most fearsome drivers next season in Raikkonen and Alonso. Whether the two can co-exist is yet to be seen but if Alonso's season at McClaren in 2007 is anything to go by, there could be a lot of fireworks on and off the track.

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