Ferrari Bring Raikkonen Back for 2017

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Ferrari has re-signed Kimi Raikkonen for the 2017 Formula 1 season, partnering him with Sebastian Vettel for a third consecutive year.

The 36-year-old Finn’s future had been the pillar of speculation, but the Italian team announced Friday morning ahead of the British Grand Prix, the site of Raikkonen’s 100th race with Ferrari.

The 2007 world champion has yet to win in his second stint with the Italian squad, but a rise in performance has him tied for third in the standings with Vettel.

Ferrari was seen to have the best seat available for next season, with Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas being just a couple of names rumored for the seat, but the return of Raikkonen will officially silence any further rumors.

“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen,” Ferrari said in a statement.

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

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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