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Kimi Raikkonen retained by Ferrari for 2017 F1 season


Kimi Raikkonen will continue to race for Scuderia Ferrari in 2017 after the Italian marque announced on Friday morning that it had renewed the Finn’s contract.

Raikkonen celebrates his 100th race with Ferrari this weekend, having driven for the team from 2007 to 2009, and since the beginning of 2014.

As the oldest driver on the grid, Raikkonen’s future has become a yearly talking point, with his motivation being questioned regularly throughout his career.

Raikkonen was told by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne last month that he had to prove that he deserved to keep his seat.

However, after picking up his fourth podium of the season in Austria last weekend, Ferrari today confirmed that Raikkonen had been retained for 2017.

“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen,” a short statement from the team read.

“The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).