Kimi Raikkonen will abide at Ferrari for the 2018 Formula 1 season, the Italian aggregation has confirmed.
The 2007 apple champion’s arrangement with the Maranello accouterments had been due to run out at the end of this year.
There had been belief about whether or not he would abide but in a abbreviate statement, Ferrari appear on Tuesday, in the anniversary architecture up to the Belgian Grand Prix, that Raikkonen would abide on lath for 2018.
Raikkonen’s accord will acceptable pave the way for Ferrari to achieve a new best accord with Sebastian Vettel, whose accepted arrangement runs until the end of 2017.
F1’s new faster and added arduous cars this year accept bigger played to Raikkonen’s active appearance and he has been able to bear some able performances, including pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, his aboriginal in F1 aback 2008.
But while team-mate Vettel is top of the championship with 202 credibility and four wins, Raikkonen is in a winless fifth, 86 credibility behind.
There accept additionally been questions about his all-embracing charge and effort, with Ferrari admiral Sergio Marchionne labelling him a ‘laggard’ advanced of the Austrian GP.
Speaking about the abeyant for a approaching accord with Raikkonen at the time, Marchionne had said: “I anticipate Kimi has got to appearance a college akin of charge to the process.
“There are canicule aback I anticipate he’s a bit of a laggard, but we’ll see.”
Before the summer break, however, Raikkonen appeared to accept got aback in favour and Marchionne was accessible that Ferrari was acceptable to absorb both drivers for 2018.
“I anticipate I accept been accessible on the Sebastian issue, if he wants to break he is added than acceptable to stay,” he said.
“And in the case of Kimi, we apperceive he wants to stay.
“Hopefully we will accompany them on soon.”
Vettel was accepted to be agog for Raikkonen to stay, and there had alike been suggestions that the German fabricated it a action that the Finn abide at Ferrari for now if he was to contemplate the abiding accord that his administration appetite him to sign.
Ferrari had originally advised for its disciplinarian announcements to booty abode at the Italian GP, but may accept called to affirm affairs aboriginal in a bid to stop belief about the approaching actuality a aberration from its apple championship efforts.
Raikkonen is in his additional spell at Ferrari, afterwards the aboriginal assignment – one that anchored him his apple championship appellation in 2007 – concluded aboriginal in 2009.
He rejoined the accouterments in 2014, but his best contempo F1 achievement charcoal his 2013 Australian GP celebration for Lotus.
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