Raikkonen happy to disappoint critics with new Ferrari deal

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Kimi Raikkonen took pleasure in disappointing his critics after signing a new contract with Ferrari for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Ferrari announced on Friday that Raikkonen, 36, would be retained beyond the end of the season, partnering Sebastian Vettel once again next year.

The decision was met with mixed responses, with some believing that it was time for Raikkonen to move on and for Ferrari to change its line-up.

Raikkonen said he was pleased to have agreed a new deal with Ferrari, with the announcement putting an end to the daily questions about his future.

“For sure it makes things easier because people will stop asking the same question over and over again. That makes a huge difference,” Raikkonen said via the official F1 website.

“It also gives me pleasure that it is disappointing a lot of people who had high hopes.

“So it was good that there was a decision now and not towards the end of the season, because from now on we can fully concentrate on the remaining 2016 season and the changes for 2017.

“The rest – the racing and working with the team – doesn’t really change. Of course I am very happy to stay with Ferrari.

“Also I am interested to experience the changes of 2017. Faster cars and wider tires – that sounds pretty good to me.”