Kimi Raikkonen will return to the Sauber Formula 1 team in 2019 after losing his Ferrari drive.

Raikkonen made his debut in F1 with Sauber in 2001, before joining McLaren the following year, and will head back to the Swiss team next season in what is expected to be a straight swap with Charles Leclerc.

Sauber has confirmed Raikkonen for the 2019 season but the Finn wrote on his official Instagram account that it was a two-year deal.

He wrote: “Guess who’s back?! Next two years with @sauberf1team ahead! Feels extremely good to go back where it all began!”

Though the 2007 world champion has not won a race since 2013, and has not tasted victory in his second spell with Ferrari, he represents a major coup for Sauber.