Maurizio Arrivabene says he expects to see good results from Kimi Raikkonen in return for re-signing him for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season.
After weeks of speculation, Ferrari confirmed ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix that it has taken up its option on Raikkonen for 2016 in what will be an unchanged driver line-up alongside Sebastian Vettel.
With the likes of Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg rumoured to have been considered as possible replacements for Raikkonen, Arrivabene subsequently gives the impression that the decision to re-sign the 2007 F1 world champion wasn't taken lightly.
Even so, Arrivabene insists he has full faith that committing to Raikkonen earlier than expected will yield improved results and help Ferrari in terms of stability
“We believe that extending Kimi's contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team. This has been our guideline, also considering the very good relationship between Kimi and Seb. On our side, this shows our great confidence in him, and I expect this confidence to be well rewarded.”
Though Raikkonen is enjoying a considerably more successful 2015 season compared to his Ferrari comeback campaign in 2014, his single podium finish in Bahrain is in stark contrast to that of new team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who has won two races and stood on the podium seven times. Heading into the second-half of the year, the pair are split by 84 points.