Ferrari have confirmed that 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the team for next year.
The news is likely to send ripples down the paddock as the second Ferrari seat was a lucrative lure for the likes of Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean.
After a third place finish last week in Austria Raikkonen is tied on points with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel in third place, 50 points adrift from leader Nico Rosberg.
“I would not be here if I did not enjoy it or if I did not feel like I can drive, if I did not feel like I can do it 100 per cent,” Raikkonen told reporters at Silverstone. “It hasn’t changed. I feel I drive as well as I’ve driven for ever. If I didn’t feel like I’m driving well, I’m the first one to go away and not do it. If I wouldn’t be motivated, I would not be here wasting my own time or the team’s time.”
With so many talented young drivers available it is somewhat surprising that Ferrari would stick with Raikkonen, however there are a whole raft of regulation changes coming into affect for the 2017 season so having a seasoned veteran like Raikkonen – who’s 2007 championship victory was Ferrari’s last drivers title – will also benefit their development throughout next season.