It's the question that has persisted for months now - will Ferrari retain Kimi Raikkonen for the 2016 Formula 1 season?

Ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, we now have our answer... Raikkonen will remain with the Maranello team for at least one more season alongside Sebastian Vettel.

For many this is excellent news. The most popular driver on the grid - according to the recent F1 fan survey - will be gracing the paddock for another year. Since few genuinely knew which way Maurizio Arrivabene was going to lean on this and given he was hinting at retirement had Ferrari not taken up its option on him, this really is a moment for his army of fans to rejoice.

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For many others, however, this will be considered a surprise. Though his 2015 season has comfortably surpassed that of his 2014 nadir, it was considered that Raikkonen's typically languid attitude was beginning to grate on management and while he has shown flashes of greatness this year, he has still been comfortably overshadowed by newcomer Vettel.

As such, it seemed his replacements were being lined up, none more so than fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, while the likes of Nico Hulkenberg or even Daniel Ricciardo had been mooted.

However, ahead of what was likely to be another round of questioning at Spa-Francorchamps, Ferrari have closed the chapter on this story by officially confirming Raikkonen, leaving him to focus on producing performances in the vein of Hungary and Bahrain, and less like Canada and Austria.

But do you think Ferrari have made the right decision? Does Raikkonen deserve another chance to prove his value, or should Ferrari have pushed harder for a new perspective?

We would like to hear your thoughts and also whether you think there is perhaps a longer-term plan in play... did anyone say Max Verstappen in 2017?

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Yes! Kimi has had some misfortune and I think that is the reason they kept him on... on his day he is still one of the best.

However, Kimi needs to pull his finger out a bit and get that fire back...