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F1 British GP: Ferrari re-signs Raikkonen for 2017 F1 season

Ferrari re-signs Kimi Raikkonen for the 2017 Formula 1 season alongside Sebastian Vettel.
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.

by Ollie Barstow

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July 08, 2016 9:18 AM

I was surprised when he re-signed last year. This year, I'm not. He has really stepped up his game, even if he will turn 37 in October he is showing us that he still have a very good pace, not to mention his great relationship with Seb. Conservative choice from Ferrari, but an understandable one.

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