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5 Ways Kimi Raikkonen’s 2017 Ferrari Contract May Affect Formula 1 Driver Market

Despite Kimi Raikkonen's status as the most popular driver on the grid, Formula One let out a collective groan when his latest contract extension was confirmed by Ferrari ahead of the British Grand Prix. While many remain smitten with his monosyllabic tone of voice and one-word answers to half-baked media questions, there was an overwhelming suspicion that the 2007 world champion had reached the natural end of his time in the pinnacle of motorsport. The 36-year-old's frustratingly inconsistent performances over the last two-and-a-half seasons had led to calls for Raikkonen to be replaced by a younger, fresher face, but crucial to the Finn's stay of execution was the opinion of Sebastian Vettel, whose status as Ferrari's lead driver has been...

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