Raikkonen to stay at Ferrari for another year
Ferrari announced today that Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has signed a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the Italian Formula 1 team until the end of the 2016 season.
The announcement means that Ferrari’s driver line-up next season will remain unchanged - Finnish driver Raikkonen and the German Sebastian Vettel.
35-year-old Raikkonen, who has made some high-profile errors over recent months, expressed his delighted at the news. “For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on,” he said. “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.”
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said: “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.”
After starting his Formula 1 career at Sauber in 2001, Raikkonen moved to McLaren the following year, finishing runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship in 2002 and 2005. He moved on to Ferrari in 2007, and won his only World Championship title to date in his first year with the team.
However, his first spell at Ferrari only lasted three years, and he left Formula 1 at the end of the 2009 season to compete in the World Rally Championship.
He returned to Formula 1 in 2012 with Lotus, but a move back to Ferrari always looked on the cards, and he joined up once again with his old team for the 2014 season, signing a two-year deal. He has yet to win a Grand Prix in his second spell.