Raikkonen stays with Ferrari for 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will remain with Ferrari for 2017, the Italian team confirming the 2007 Formula One world champion would remain with it next season in a brief statement.

Speculation surrounding Raikkonen’s future has been rife, with many linking Sergio Perez or Valtteri Bottas with the Finn’s seat.

Team bosses have also heaped pressure on the 36-year-old, suggesting that he had to perform on track if he was to be retained.

Ferrari however has made an earlier than expected move, confirming Raikkonen for 2017 in a brief statement.

The news follows statements made by Raikkonen to the press yesterday, claiming that if he didn’t feel he was delivering his best he would walk away from the sport.

“I feel I drive as well as I’ve ever driven,” he explained.

“If I didn’t feel like I’m driving well, I would be the first one to go away and not do it, but it’s not that.

“I always said that my last team would be Ferrari and it’s still like that,” he added.

What happens in the future I don’t know, time will tell, but I usually don’t make plans for a very long future.”

With Raikkonen filling the second Ferrari seat alongside Vettel it means there is no vacancy for Sergio Perez to move into.

As a result the Mexican will almost certainly remain with Force India, while Valtteri Bottas looks set to remain with Williams.

However the seat alongside Bottas, currently filled by Felipe Massa, does remain up for grabs.

Jenson Button has been linked with a move back to Williams, the team with which he started his Formula One career, thereby freeing a drive for Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren.

Massa however has other plans and hopes to retain his seat for another year with many, including some insiders, suggesting Button will instead elect to hang up the helmet at season’s end.

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