Kimi Raikkonen says driving for the Ferrari team will be a dream come true when he joins the Italian squad next year.
The Finn has been with McLaren for five years, but will replace Michael Schumacher at Ferrari when the seven-time champion retires at the end of the year.
"I've always wanted to become a Ferrari driver. Now that dream has been fulfilled," Raikkonen was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I know quite well the history of Ferrari, and their long tradition. I'm convinced this is the most convenient time to go there.
"I can only say that the decision was taken a long time ago, and since then I haven't had a reason to regret it."
Raikkonen already felt the warmth of the Monza fans last weekend, when it was finally confirmed he will join the Maranello-based squad.
"It was great. The warmth the fans give to the Ferrari drivers at Monza is incredible," he added.
The McLaren driver, however, says he is still determined to make the British squad winners this year.
"Nothing changes for me. My objective is to do the maximum and to get back to winning ways before the end of the season," Raikkonen said.