Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Get news updates:
  
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333

Home > India > Sports > Formula One > Reuters > Report

   Discuss   |      Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop

Ferrari extend Raikkonen's contract

September 12, 2008 18:46 IST

Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen [Images] and Brazilian Felipe Massa [Images] will stay at Ferrari [Images] for the next two seasons, the Italian team said in a statement on Friday.

The announcement dealt a blow to the hopes of Spaniard Fernando Alonso [Images] and Poland's Robert Kubica [Images], both of whom have been linked to the team in media speculation as likely replacements for Raikkonen in 2010.

"Ferrari announces that it has extended its agreement with Kimi Raikkonen to the end of the 2010 race season," Ferrari said at the Italian Grand Prix. "Therefore...[Ferrari's] driver lineup remains unchanged for the next two coming seasons."

Massa, world champion Raikkonen's current team mate, already has a contract to the end of 2010 while Raikkonen's was due to expire in 2009.

Raikkonen's future had been subjected to considerable scrutiny following poor performances on the track and the driver himself refusing to rule out retirement before the end of his contract.

Massa, who has won five races to his team mate's two this year, is currently 17 points ahead of Raikkonen with five races remaining and likely to be in a position soon to demand that the Finn support his title challenge.

Alonso, the double world champion who rejoined Renault after an unhappy 2007 season with McLaren, has been repeatedly linked to Ferrari although Honda have been pushing hard to sign him for next season.

The Spaniard's future is key to the driver market, with several teams waiting to see where he goes before confirming their lineups.

Kubica, third in the drivers' championship for BMW-Sauber, had also been seen as a strong contender to switch to Ferrari for 2010.

Raikkonen joined Ferrari from McLaren at the end of 2006 while Massa joined a year earlier. The Brazilian has spent all of his Formula One career in Ferrari-engined cars, having started out with Sauber in 2002.

© Copyright 2008 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
Formula One: The Complete Coverage

   Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop


Advertisement
Advertisement