Ferrari extends Raikkonen's contract for 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will stay on at the Ferrari team in 2017, the Maranello squad announced on Friday morning.

Ferrari extends Raikkonen's contract for 2017
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari with Dave Greenwood, Ferrari Race Engineer on the grid
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari on the drivers parade
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H

The Finn, who won his first and only title with Ferrari in 2007, rejoined the Italian outfit from Lotus in 2014, having driven for the team from 2007 to 2009.

Raikkonen, who turns 37 in October, is yet to win a race with Ferrari in his second stint with the team.

He endured difficult seasons in 2014 and 2015 alongside Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, but he is equal on points to the German in this year's championship.

His current form has convinced the Ferrari bosses that he is the right man to partner Vettel next year, when new regulations come into play.

Raikkonen said on Thursday at Silverstone that he felt he was performing as strongly as ever.

"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," said Raikkonen.

"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," he added.

2017 Formula 1 line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
 Mercedes

 Lewis Hamilton

TBA

 Ferrari

 Sebastian Vettel

 Kimi Raikkonen

 Red Bull

 Daniel Ricciardo

 Max Verstappen

 Williams

TBA

 Force India

 Nico Hulkenberg

TBA

 Toro Rosso

 Carlos Sainz Jr

TBA

 McLaren

 Fernando Alonso

TBA

 Haas

 Romain Grosjean 

TBA

 Renault TBA
 Sauber TBA
 Manor TBA

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