According to the fine folks at SPEEDtv.com, Kimi Raikkonen has agreed to stay with Ferrari through the 2010 season, as well as Felipe Massa. This announcement comes after a recent string of bad results (not races) by the Iceman, and considering how he failed to capitalize on the Hamster’s penalty last weekend at Spa, it looked as if Massa (who has been on a hot streak) would be promoted to #1 driver. But things look as if Riakkonen will stay as the #1 driver.
Article from speed:
Ferrari has announced that Kimi Raikkonen has extended his contract until the end of 2010. The Finn’s current deal had only one more year to run on it, so the new arrangement puts him in line with Felipe Massa, who was already signed up for two more years.
The statement was clearly to put an end to speculation about Kimi’s future and try to create some stability in the camp. It noted: “…the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver lineup remains unchanged for the next two coming seasons.”
The news also put a stop to speculation about Fernando Alonso heading to the Scuderia by 2010 at the latest, as had been widely speculated.
In recent days the Spaniard has been increasingly associated with a three-year deal at BMW. It remains to be seen whether he is
pursuing that route because the Ferrari door has closed, or whether Ferrari was encouraged to confirm its grip on Kimi as Alonso began to seriously explore the BMW option.
If Alonso does go to BMW there is no guarantee that it will be Nick Heidfeld rather than Robert Kubica who will go. There are suggestions that Kubica might be on the way out – and his logical direction could be Renault, where he could be a clear number one.
Kubica was a Renault young driver a few years ago, and Flavio Briatore counts dropping him as one of his greatest mistakes…