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Raikkonen to continue with Ferrari

by Bill Cawthon on

Scuderia Ferrari today ended months of speculation by announcing that it had extended Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen’s contract through the 2016 season. Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel will once again be the lead drivers for Ferrari.

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Raikkonen told reporters. “The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it’s here I want to end my career.”

Raikkonen is currently fifth in the driver points race; Vettel is third, behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team. For most of the season, there had been predictions that Raikkonen, now 35, would retire or be forced out as he was getting too old for the sport.

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene squashed the scuttlebutt, saying, “We believe that extending Kimi’s contract into the next season will provide further stability to the team. This has been our guideline, also considering the very good relationship between Kimi and Seb.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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