Steve Robertson, current manager of Kimi Raikkonen, has recently said that the Finnish driver’s experience and loyalty have been rewarded by Scuderia Ferrari. Earlier this week, the Maranello team said that the contract of the 2007 world champion has been extended for one more year and Kimi will therefore drive for the Italian team next Formula One season.
Many insiders see it as a precursor to a new deal for German driver Sebastian Vettel, the de-facto ‘number one’ who openly favours keeping his friend Kimi Raikkonen as teammate. However, Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson said: “The extension of the contract shows how Scuderia Ferrari appreciates the immense experience brought by Kimi and the harmony inside the team. Kimi has been a formidable team player for years and he was always loyal to Ferrari.” – Steve Robertson explained, as reported on Thursday by Turun Sanomat, the leading regional newspaper of the region of Southwest Finland.
The 2017 Formula One championship emerges from its summer break this weekend, when the Belgian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, a race which can be considered Kimi’s favourite, as the Finnish driver has managed to score four wins in Belgium, the last two (in 2007 and 2009) alongside the Maranello team. Since then, Scuderia Ferrari did not succeed in winning at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.