Ferrari has chosen to keep Kimi Raikkonen for at least another year, after the Scuderia signed the Finn for the 2017 season.

The 2007 world champion’s future was one of the main talking points during this year’s season, as a number of drivers like Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez had been linked to replace him once his contract expired.

A statement Ferrari released earlier this morning read: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen.

“The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”

With Raikkonen remaining with Ferrari, the driver market becomes a little less exciting as the Finn held the key for potential big moves towards the end of the season.

“This is my 100th race with Ferrari, it doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s quite a few years,” Raikkonen said ahead of the British Grand Prix.

“This is the best team in F1, together we won a title in 2007, we had good years and some difficult ones.

“I’m really happy to be part of Ferrari, the atmosphere is fantastic, we are always pushing each other forward and hopefully we’ll get the team back where it belongs.”

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