Kimi Raikkonen will continue driving for Scuderia Ferrari for 2016 after the Italian squad extended the Finn’s contract for another season.
The 35-year old former world champion is currently fifth in the driver’s standings this year. Nicknamed the “Ice Man,” Raikkonen won the 2007 World Championship with Ferrari. He left the Scuderia in 2009 and raced in the World Rally Championship as well as the NASCAR competition, before returning to F1 in 2012 with Lotus. He’s been back with Ferrari since the 2014 season.
Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel complete the cast at Ferrari, the sport’s oldest and most successful team.
“For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on,” Raikkonen said. “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.”
“We believe that extending Kimi’s contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team,” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. “This has been our guideline, also considering the very good relationship between Kimi and Seb [Sebastian Vettel]. On our side, this shows our great confidence in him and I expect this confidence to be well-rewarded.”