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Kimi Raikkonen to stay at Ferrari in 2017

2016-07-08 11:39

FLYING FINN: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ended months of speculation by confirming he'll drive for the team in 2017. Image: AP / Ryan Remoirz

Silverstone - Finland's Kimi Raikkonen will stay with Ferrari next year, the Italian team confirmed on Friday at the 2016 British Grand Prix.

The announcement ends months of speculation that had seen several rival drivers linked with his seat alongside four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel.

'Last team would be Ferrari' 

Raikkonen said: "I've always said I would not be here if I didn't enjoy it, or felt that I can't drive, or do it 100%.

"If I wasn't motivated, I wouldn't be here wasting my own time or the team's time. I've always said, nearly 10 years ago, that my last team would be Ferrari and it's still like that.

"What happens in the future I don't know. Time will tell, but I usually don't make plans for a very long future."

The Finn won the 2007 F1 championship with the Maranello-based team in his first stint before rejoining from Lotus in 2014.

He will be 37 in October and has yet to win a race since returning to Ferrari, having struggled against Fernando Alonso in 2014 and Vettel in 2015.

But this season, he has shown improved form, and is level on points in the championship with Vettel after nine races.


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