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Raikkonen to stay with Ferrari in 2016

19 Aug 2015

Ferrari have announced that Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the team for the 2016 season, ending speculation about the Finn's future.

In a brief statement the Italian team confirmed that they have renewed their “technical and racing agreement” with the 2007 world champion, who will remain as Sebastian Vettel’s team mate.

"What can I say… For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on," said Raikkonen, 35.

"The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it's here I want to end my career.

"I am more committed than ever and I want to say thank you to the people who gave me this chance. Also, a big thank you goes to all my Ferrari fans, for their continuous support."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene added: "We believe that extending Kimi's contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team.

"This has been our guideline, also considering the very good relationship between Kimi and Seb. On our side, this shows our great confidence in him, and I expect this confidence to be well rewarded."

Raikkonen captured nine of his 20 Grand Prix victories during his first stint with Ferrari between 2007 and 2009, but has only recorded one podium finish - in Bahrain this year - since rejoining the Scuderia in 2014. He currently trails Vettel by 84 points in the drivers' standings - a deficit that had fuelled rumours that he might be replaced in 2016.   

However, Raikkonen's new deal, which comes ahead of this weekend's 2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, ensures that he will spend a second successive season in red. It is also expected to trigger a number of other moves in the driver market.