Raikkonen delighted with Ferrari stay

Kimi Raikkonen has expressed his delight after it was confirmed that he will continue to partner Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next season.

Raikkonen's future has been the subject of much speculation, with the Finn failing to match the performances of his team-mate this season. The 2007 World Champion currently sits in fifth position in the Championship standings, 84 points behind Vettel, having claimed just one podium finish in the current campaign.

It has been rumoured that Ferrari had opened discussions with Williams about a possible move for Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg also linked with a seat at the Italian team.

However, the Scuderia have decided to retain Raikkonen for the 2016 campaign.

"Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up next season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel," the team said in a statement.

Raikkonen, who joined Ferrari ahead of the 2014 season, expressed his delight at the decision

The 35-year-old said: "For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on. The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it's here I want to end my career. I am more committed than ever and I want to say thank you to the people who gave me this chance."