Ferrari keep Raikkonen for 2016

For all of you Kimi Raikkonen fans out there, you handwringing days are over, Ferrari have extended their contract with the 2007 champion for 2016. Here is Ferrari’s comment:

“Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up next season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.”

I can’t say that it is the most glowing announcement ripe with excitement about their extension but then Ferrari usually don’t make a big fuss about driver announcements. There were a number of names linked to the Italian squad as possible replacements and chief among them was Williams driver Valtteri Bottas but it seems Ferrari have thought better of it.

I’ll be honest, as a Ferrari fan, I was not completely convinced that Bottas was the right move. Don’t get me wrong, I thin Valtteri is a terrific driver and he reminds me of Mika Hakkinen in the way he drives but I also note that he isn’t pummeling his teammate, Felipe Massa, over at Williams and usually Ferrari look for complete standouts. Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel. Raikkonen was, at the time, a highly regarded standout but not overwhelmingly so over his McLaren teammates but nonetheless, he was an obvious choice. As such, this may be why the extension wasn’t a cut and dry case nor has his time at Ferrari been outstanding as the team paid him to leave in 2010.

While Kimi hasn’t had a glowing career at Ferrari, I am not convinced Valtteri would have either to be honest. Ferrari parted company with Felipe Massa and this is the very driver that Bottas is not currently dominating at Williams.

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Verstappen 2017? Still would have liked to see Hulkenberg get the seat. Good points on Bottas not running all over Massa as he should be. When comparing Bottas to the likes of Hulkenberg and Riccardo he seems to of had the best car by far in the first half. Force India crawled out of the gate with missing the first test and finally getting the B Spec out in Britain. The issues with Renault engine at Red Bull. Bottas has had all the advantage to really outshine with a competitive seat. At least more so competitive compared to Red Bull… Read more »


Nah, Maxie is bound for RBR.

Perhaps this snub will light a fire under Bottas and he will start performing. Shame really because he showed some good potential just hasn’t be able to really capitalize on it.


Agreed. Bottas was very impressive last year and I expected big things this year from him and Williams.

Junipero Mariano

Hopefully Sainz gets picked up by another team.

I’ve been wondering about this; what are the economics of the Red Bull/Toro Rosso Driver program? As we’ve seen with JEV and Alguersuari and Buemi, they can’t all be bound for the Red Bull Racing Team. Only the better of any two drivers of Toro Rosso go forward. The driver that gets dropped doesn’t get picked up by other teams either, so it can’t be for making money from contract buyouts, either.

Any insights about this would be great! Thx!

Paul KieferJr

I dunno. Given his lackadaisical attitude, I would figure that Ferrari might find someone who would be completely into doing his best (clunkers from the Scuderia notwithstanding). Every time I see Raikkonen’s face and hear his replies to questions, the word “stoner” seems to crop up in my mind. Maybe he’ll improve on that.


I’ve met enough folks from Scandinavia to know that a lot are just like kimi as far as their tone and delivery.

Göran Hugo Olsson

Super Great!!!!!


This was definitely a melancholic announcement filled with reasons ranging from not wanting to pay Bottas’ buy out clause instead of making a decision based on competitive advantage and technical supremacy.

Junipero Mariano

I would’ve thought they’d wait until after Spa. Still, good news!


They should have told him: You will lose the seat if you don’t win Spa.



Kimi will never regain the kind of performance he had back in the day. So keeping him, while perhaps a solid choice good for consistent points hauls, is utterly boring. Send Kimi to SportCars, and let’s get some exciting 12 year old in the car to strut his stuff.

Watching Kimi race reminds me of that tourist in the movie Speed… “But I already seen the airport…”