Ferrari announced today that they will retain Kimi Raikkonen for the 2018 Formula 1 season and this comes amidst rumors of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel extending his contract or leaving for other opportunities. The reality is, with Kimi signed, it offers a well-known teammate for Vettel and clears the table for serious talks with the German about his future.
Kimi has improved this season and perhaps it si the new regulations that allow the drivers to push harder and whil eh hasn’t won and only shows 86 points in the driver’s championship, he has been a more key player in removing points from Mercedes drivers and doing well in the race even if qualifying has still been a bit tricky for him.
The option were relatively limited in the both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have contracts and putting either of their junior drivers in would be slightly premature. Securing Vettel is the key for Ferrari and retaining Kimi may have been part fo their strategy in doing so.