Ferrari keeps Räikkönen for 2018 season
22 August 2017 – Ferrari has announced that Kimi Räikkönen will continue to race with the team in Formula 1 next season, ending speculation over his future, though team-mate Sebastian Vettel's place is yet to be confirmed.
Räikkönen made his Formula 1 debut with Sauber back in 2001, before switching to McLaren, finishing runner-up in the championship in both 2003 and 2005.
He switched to Ferrari for 2007, and snatched the world title, but departed the sport at the end of 2009, trying his hand at several other motorsport categories.
Räikkönen returned to Formula 1 with the rebranded Lotus outfit in 2012, claiming two further race victories, before linking up with Ferrari again in 2014.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne called on Räikkönen to improve earlier this season, labelling him "a bit of a laggard", before suggesting that he would stay for 2018.
On Tuesday, Ferrari released a short statement confirming that Räikkönen's contract had been extended.
Vettel, in the final season of a three-year deal, has yet to confirm his future plans, but is widely expected to remain alongside Räikkönen for a fourth campaign.