Ferrari has announced Kimi Raikkonen will continue to race alongside Sebastian Vettel for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season after the Scuderia opted to renew his contract for another season.

The Finn, who is currently fourth in the F1 world championship standings with four podiums from the first nine races, was due to come to an end of his current agreement with Ferrari at the end of this year, with speculation rife as to whether he would be retained or consider retirement.

However, ahead of the British Grand Prix, Ferrari has confirmed it will retain an unchanged driver line-up for another season by agreeing another extension with the 2007 world champion

"Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen," read a brief statement from Ferrari. "The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel."

Having won his world title with Ferrari in 2007, Raikkonen returned to the Italian fold in 2014 and after a difficult start to his latest tenure has become a regular podium finisher this year.

Nevertheless, Raikkonen's position in Ferrari was still considered to be under threat having struggled to match Vettel since the German joined in 2015, with Romain Grosjean, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez all mooted as possible replacements before this confirmation.

Since his debut in 2001, Raikkonen has won 20 races, though his last came for Lotus at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

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Richard

"omega, by your analogy, i trust that your idol, ricciardo, should be shown the door as he is being beaten by his younger teammates."

Have you forgotton the pasting Vettel took when he was team mates to Ricciardo?

No wonder Vettel is pleased to have Kimi again as his team mate.
Its another Webber, someone he knows he can easily beat!

Yes Richard fully aware of the problems both Redbulls had in 2014

3 x DNFS or DSQ each so that is even.

The fact that the14 times when both cars finished the race Vettel was only ahead of Ricciardo 3 times speaks volumes i think.

Also he was out qualified that year.

Qualifying laps which are an measure of a drivers out and out speed I think you wil agree?

Ricciardo has beaten Max 5 out of 5 so far