Ferrari has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will stay on for the 2016 season, alongside Sebastian Vettel.
In a typically short statement the team said today: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up next season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”
The news ends speculation about changes at the Scuderia, which has focussed mainly on the possibility of Valtteri Bottas replacing his fellow Finn. However the Italian team would have had to buy him out of Williams at considerable expense – and ultimately the management has decided not to follow that course.
“What can I say,” said Raikkonen on the Ferrari website. “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.”
“We believe that extending Kimi’s contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team,” said team boss Maurizio Arrivabene. “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.”