Ari Vatanen to announce shock retirement?

Vatanen created a stir on Friday when rumors have surfaced that his career was over.

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Sad news for Vatanen fans. Speculation had been rife that the Finnish athlete will announce his retirement from sports, at age 68, with immediate effect.

UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Being an athlete isn't fun anymore

“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being an athlete just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.

#ThankYouAri

For a little while on Friday evening, #ThankYouAri was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.

“You’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of #ThankYouAri.”
— @DesireePlum, 22 Jan 2021
“I thought Ari Vatanen retired about 5 years ago?!?”
— @millythom, 22 Jan 2021

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