Vettel pleased at Raikkonen contract extension

Date published: July 8 2016

Sebastian Vettel expressed his delight after it was announced that his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was going to stay another year at Ferrari.

The Scuderia announced the extension this morning before the two practice sessions, where Ferrari fell behind Mercedes in both FP1 and FP2.

The German claimed that it was the right decision to tie the Finn down to another year, saying that their working relationship is second to none.

"We're both pushing hard, trying to help the team as much as we can, putting our own interests aside and not letting that impact on the team's effort, so I think it was the right call," said Vettel.

"I would say probably Kimi and myself have the least ego problems in the whole paddock, which I think is good for the team.
"It's the least complicated, let's put it this way.

"In general, I've got along with all the team-mates I've had. Here and there we've had some difficulties but with Kimi, there is no politics.

"It's good, it keeps everything quiet. We put our own egos aside, they are not so big, which is good for the team."

Vettel also defended Raikkonen’s slump of form since joining Ferrari, adding that he is still a world class driver.

"He's a world champion for a reason," he argued. "He could have been a multiple World Champion if in the early years McLaren gave him a better car.

"He's one of the most talented drivers we have on the grid. There's no doubt."