Ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix – and after speculation that this could be the season Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen retires – the team has released a statement saying he will race for them in 2018.
With both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen out of contract at the end of this season, Ferrari have taken steps to finalising their 2018 line-up by confirming the 2007 world champion for next year.
The team released a short statement, saying simply “Ferrari N.V. announces that Scuderia Ferrari has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish driver will therefore race for the Maranello team in the 2018 Formula One World Championship.”
37-year-old Raikkonen raced for Ferrari 2007-2009 – taking the drivers’ championship in dramatic fashion in 2007. Following a break in 2010 & 2011, Raikkonen returned to Formula One with the Lotus team in 2012.
After two competitive race-winning seasons at Lotus, Raikkonen re-signed for Ferrari and has remained with the team since 2014, claiming eleven podiums and one pole position.