Ferrari re-sign Raikkonen for 2017

Date published: July 8 2016

Kimi Raikkonen will remain at Ferrari next season with the Scuderia announcing his new deal at Silverstone.

The Finn, the last driver to win the World title with Ferrari, rejoined the Italian stable in 2014 having spent time way from Formula 1 and then with Lotus.

Raikkonen’s future has been the subject of much speculation of late with several drivers linked to his race-seat.

Ferrari put an end to those rumours at Silverstone on Friday morning as they confirmed the driver for 2017.

On Thursday, the 2007 World Champion spoke of his desire to remain in Formula 1 with Ferrari, saying he is driving as well as he ever has.

“What I say is that I would not be here if I did not enjoy it, if I did not feel like I can drive, if I did not feel like I can do it 100% – it hasn’t changed,” he said.

“I feel I drive as well as I’ve driven for ever.

“If I wouldn’t feel like I’m driving well, I’m the first one to go away and not do it, but it’s not that.

“People are happy to look at the results and say they are not good enough but it doesn’t always mean if you have a bad result that you are not 100% giving your best or motivated or something.

“If I wouldn’t be motivated, I would not be here wasting my own time or the team’s time.”