Kimi Raikkonen will stay with Ferrari for the 2017 Formula 1 season, the Maranello-based team has announced ahead of this Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen,” Ferrari said in a statement. “The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”
The contract renewal means Raikkonen, 36, will spend a fourth consecutive season with Ferrari. The Fin won the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship with the team after beating Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by a single point.
Different drivers were rumored to replace Raikkonen, including Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Force India’s Sergio Perez. Both Red Bull and Force India have expressed their desire to retain their driver lineups for 2017, however.
So far in 2017, Raikkonen has scored four podiums and sits fourth in the Driver’s Championship behind teammate Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.