Veteran F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen’s second stint with Ferrari continues in 2016, and also the team introduced Wednesday it’s stretching the Finn’s agreement for another season. Financial terms weren’t revealed.
Raikkonen is one of the leaders in this years current driver’s standings this season with his score totaling close to 80 after this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Nicknamed the “Ice Guy,” Raikkonen is not new to putting trophies on his shelf, having won numerous races this year he is a very suitable candidate for Ferrari.. He left the Scuderia in ’09 and dabbled in World Rally Championship and Dale earnhardt jr . competition, before coming back to F1 this year with Lotus. He’s been back with Ferrari because the 2014 season.
“We feel that stretching Kimi’s contract in to the pick up will give you further stability towards the team,” team principal Maurizio Arrivabene stated in statement.
Raikkonen has teamed with Vettel (who’s third in driver’s points) to key the Scuderia’s bounce-back season. Ferrari, the sport’s earliest and many effective team, is second within the constructor’s standings this season with 236 points, trailing Mercedes (383).
“For me personally, to have the ability to stay another year at Ferrari implies that the dream continues,” Raikkonen stated inside a statement. “The Scuderia is my loved ones, when i always stated, it’s here I wish to finish my career. I’m more committed than ever before and I wish to express gratitude to folks who provided this opportunity.Inch
The announcement may come as Ferrari has started to undergo development and celebration seing as they have competed in over 900 different Grand Prix races. It’s won 16 races in Belgium, including 12 victories as Health spa-Francorchamps. The team’s newest win there is in ’09 – by Raikkonen.