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Raikkonen To Remain At Ferrari For 2016

Kimi Raikkonen fastest in Silverstone 7F1 test

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikknen will retain his seat with the Italian team for the 2016 season.

The Finn, who rejoined the team in 2014, has been re-signed by Ferrari and will partner Sebastian Vettel for a second year. Much speculation surrounded the 2007 champion’s future with the famous team whilst several drivers were mentioned as potential replacements.

“What can I say. For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on,” said Raikkonen.

“The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it’s here I want to end my career.

“I am more committed than ever and I want to say thank you to the people who gave me this chance.

“Also, a big thank you goes to all my Ferrari fans, for their continuous support”.

“We believe that extending Kimi’s contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team,” added Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene

“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”.

The rest of the driver market, which many suggested hung on Raikkonen’s future, is likely to now fall into place.

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  1. […] By all accounts Ferrari’s Spa weekend was dismal when measured against the high of the Hungarian grand prix. The woes started in Saturday qualifying as Kimi Raikkonen grinded to a halt in the second part of qualifying with an oil pressure problem. The misery didn’t end here though the Finn was further hampered by having to drop five places on the grid for a gearbox change. Raikkonen eventually finished seventh in the race after a difficult time of trying to look after his tyres. Perhaps the Iceman can console himself with his freshly signed 2016 contract. […]

  2. […] if Kimi Raikkonen’s contract was not renewed. In a very early move, Ferrari announced that Kimi Raikkonen will stay on at Ferrari for another year. This effectively closed the door on Bottas’ move to the Maranello based […]


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Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
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