Kimi Raikkonen has extended his contract with Ferrari until the end of next Formula 1 season, ending speculation that his collaboration with the Italian team is over.
Team president, Sergio Marchionne named Raikkonen “a laggard”, right before the Austrian Grand Prix, held in July. Fortunately, Raikkonen had good form and managed to finish on podium the last two races.
This will be Raikkonen’s fifth consecutive year, driving for Ferrari. Previously, the 37-year-old driver was with Ferrari for three years, between 2007 and 2009. Moreover, he won Ferrari’s last Formula 1 drivers’ title in 2007.
Right now, Iceman is fifth in the championship standings with 86 points, while his teammate, Sebastian Vettel takes the number one spot. It should be said that on two occasions, the Finn surrendered two possible victories, in Monaco and Hungary, to increase his teammate’s title chances.
Raikkonen’s staying at Ferrari probably means that number one driver, Vettel, is also staying. The two got along well and although Raikkonen is quite far from his amazing form from mid-2000s, his experience is undeniably useful.