Ferrari has announced that Kimi Raikkonen will be retained for the 2018 season, in a short statement released on its website. Raikkonen has been handed a one-year contract extension.
The 37-year-old Finnish driver will begin his fifth consecutive season with Ferrari and his eighth with the Scuderia. Raikkonen’s sole world championship title was won in his debut season with Ferrari in 2007.
Sebastian Vettel hasn’t yet renewed his Ferrari contract, which lasts until the end of the 2017 season.
Vettel said before the Hungarian Grand Prix in August: “It’s true that I haven’t got a contract yet but I think the primary objective at the moment is not to look at papers and worry about those – it’s to make sure that we get some good results.”
The slim possibilities of juniors Charles Leclerc or Antonio Giovinazzi beginning their rookie F1 seasons at Ferrari next season have been all but dashed after Raikkonen’s renewal.
Speculation around McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, and Haas’ Romain Grosjean taking Raikkonen’s seat has also ended as a result.
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