speculation in and around the Formula One paddock if Ferrari will extend Kimi
Raikkonen’s contact, Scuderia Ferrari have confirmed that the Finn will remain
with the team alongside Sebastian Vettel for another year.
released a statement signed by Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene saying that
“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing
agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up next season will consist of
the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”
contract extension, Raikkonen said that “Ferrari is always my family”. The
Iceman went on to say; “What can I say… For me, to be able to stay another year
at Ferrari means that the dream goes on. 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”.
The next race
will be held from August 21-23 at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps in Belgium,
one of Raikkonen’s favorite tracks on the Formula One calendar. Due to his
outstanding performances at the past Grand Prixs at Spa and 4 Belgian Grand
Prix victories at the track to his name the Finn has been given the name the
“King of Spa”.
The race will
also mark the 900th Grand Prix entry for Scuderia Ferrari. The Iceman
said “I love racing on this track, it’s very nice and it has all the appeal of
the circuits of days gone by. Usually, it’s a very exciting race, with a lot of
overtaking, but much depends on the weather and what tyre compounds are
available. My best win? Definitely the one in 2009, because we didn’t have a
particularly quick car, but thanks to a good start we managed to get a great
“The fact we
won in Hungary doesn’t change our approach to the next race,” adds Alberto
Antonini, head of communications for Scuderia Ferrari. “We didn’t think we were
going through a crisis after Silverstone and we don’t believe we are brilliant
now. We are keeping our feet on the ground, as we know we are up against some
very strong opposition, but we will give it our best shot as always.”
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