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Ferrari Retains Kimi Raikkonen For The 2017 Formula One Season

Kimi Raikkonen will continue to drive for Ferrari for the 2017 Formula One season alongside German teammate Sebastian Vettel.

This means that the driver lineup for the Italian team will remain unchanged for the 2017 season. This will be the fourth consecutive season for the Iceman at Ferrari. He had earlier raced for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009 and won his first and only Formula One Driver’s championship with the team in 2007. He has also driven for McLaren and Lotus and has won races with both the teams.

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Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen will continue to race for Scuderia Ferrari in 2017 alongside German teammate Sebastian Vettel

Off late, the Finnish driver has been under pressure due to poor performance. He has not won any race for Ferrari after joining them for the second stint but has seven podium finishes. This season, he has the same number of points as his German teammate and he finished third during last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

During a press conference recently, he said, “I’ve always said I would not be here if I didn’t enjoy it or felt that I can’t drive, or do it 100 percent. If I wasn’t motivated, I wouldn’t be here wasting my own time or the team’s time. I’ve always said, nearly 10 years ago, that my last team would be Ferrari and it’s still like that. What happens in the future I don’t know. Time will tell, but I usually don’t make plans for a very long future”.

Both the Ferrari drivers are currently at 96 points each. While Vettel is third in the Driver’s championship, Raikkonen is fourth. The team is second in the Constructor’s championship with 192 points. The next race is the British Grand Prix this weekend and it will be held at the Silverstone motor racing circuit.

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