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Vettel and Kimi in good spirits ahead of their last race together.

Sebastian Vettel highlights what he'll miss about Kimi Raikkonen next season

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Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have been teammates for four years at Ferrari and that partnership will come to an end after this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the Finn leaving the Scuderia to join Sauber.

The pair have had a good relationship on the whole, with Vettel being the clear number one driver in the team, and Kimi acting as a fantastic number two, often used as a supporting driver to his German teammate in his battles against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in recent seasons.

The 39-year-old Finn has agreed to join Alfa Romeo Sauber, who have ties with the Ferrari team to see out the twilight of his career.

Moving in the opposite direction to Ferrari from Sauber is young French revelation Charles Leclerc, who is ready to take his big chance at a top team after a sterling first season in Formula One.

So after four years working together so closely for the Ferrari team, what will Seb and Kimi miss about each other when they no longer share a garage next season?

When asked at the press conference by a reporter to name one thing you will miss about Kimi next year, Vettel simply responded with one word, which sums Raikkonen up perfectly.

“Silence,” Vettel responded, with a smile on his face.

Raikkonen has earned the nickname the Iceman due to his calm exterior and how he doesn’t show emotion, and his ability to not get carried away.

Kimi then turned to Vettel and responded with what he would miss about working with Sebastian.

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“Short meetings from my side,” laughed the Iceman, as both drivers seemed in good spirits at the press conference.

Kimi is well known for being a quiet person and keeping himself to himself, unlike other drivers like Hamilton, for example, who embraces more of a celebrity lifestyle away from the track, whilst Vettel likes to take more control of development and team affairs with Ferrari.

It will be a completely different scenario for both drivers next season, with Kimi partnering 24-year-old debutant Antonio Giovinazzi at Sauber next season, whilst Vettel has to cope with Leclerc, who will be eager to show the world what he can do when put in a race-winning car.

The line-ups are strong for both the Italian teams, with Sauber undoubtedly going to learn a lot from Raikkonen on his return to the team he raced for in 2001, in a bid to build on what has been a successful 2018 for the Alfa Romeo sponsored outfit.

When asked what his feelings were to be leaving Ferrari, a team he has spent eight years with in two different stints, Raikkonen was a philosophical as ever.

“I have practise leaving them once already so it’s not a new thing!

“I’m not sad, because I don’t see why we need to be sad, we will stay as friends and we will see a lot of each other in the paddock anyhow,” stated Kimi.

The 2019 Formula One season is shaping up to be a very interesting campaign already, with great new drivers added to the paddock and fans eager to see if Hamilton can score another championship victory, or if Vettel and company can finally beat the dominant Brit.

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Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari
Formula 1

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