Kimi Raikkonen retained by Ferrari for 2017 F1 season

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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.”