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Raikkonen to leave Ferrari at the end of the season

Raikkonen will leave Ferrari. Credit: PA

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of the season.

The Formula 1 team announced the departure of the 2007 champion in a statement on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Finn has driven for Ferrari in two spells, from 2007 to 2009 and from 2014 to the current season.

"During these years, Kimi's contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team's growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player," Ferrari said.

"As a world champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the team's history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future."

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Vandoorne to leave McLaren at the end of the season

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McLaren F1 have announced that Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne is to leave the team at the end of the season.

Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme in 2013 and eventually stepped into Jenson Button's shoes as race driver in 2017.

The 26-year-old has struggled in his two years at the Woking based team and his plight hasn't been helped with the team's transition to Honda and now Renault engines.

A replacement for Vandoorne has yet to be announced however British driver Lando Norris and Force India's Esteban Ocon are being linked with the seat.

18-year-old Norris serves as McLaren's current junior driver and has recently been testing for the team.

Hamilton withdraws from Italian GP media commitments

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Lewis Hamilton has been withdrawn from his Italian Grand Prix media commitments on Thursday due to an "unavoidable personal commitment".

Hamilton, who holds a 17-point lead over Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, was due to appear in front of the press this afternoon.

But Hamilton's Mercedes team confirmed that the defending champion will not be arriving in Monza until later this evening. He has also been excused from the official driver autograph session.

Mercedes did not want to elaborate on the reasons behind Hamilton's absence, but insisted the 33-year-old Englishman is set to be in his car as usual for Friday's practice sessions.

Hamilton won from pole position at Monza last year, but Ferrari are the team arriving at their home race in form after Vettel delivered a crushing victory in Belgium last weekend.

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Force India agree deal to come out of administration saving 405 jobs

Force India have agreed a deal to come out of administration and all 405 jobs with the team have been saved. Credit: PA

Force India have agreed a deal to come out of administration and all 405 jobs with the team have been saved.

The deal has been agreed between the joint administrators, a consortium of investors led by Lawrence Stroll, and the team's senior management.

The investors are Canadian entrepreneur Andre Desmarais, Jonathan Dudman of Monaco Sports and Management, fashion business leader John Idol, telecommunications investor John McCaw Jr, financial expert Michael de Picciotto, businessman Stroll and his business partner Silas Chou.

Stroll is the father of Lance Stroll, who currently drives for the Williams F1 team.

An exclusivity agreement signed on Tuesday means that the team will be able to exit from administration, all creditors will be paid in full, all jobs will be saved and ongoing funding guaranteed.

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