Confirmed by Ferrari for 2017, Kimi Raikkonen says it is his "pleasure that it is disappointing" those who wanted him gone.
In the build-up to the British Grand Prix Ferrari announced that Raikkonen would remain with the team for a fourth consecutive season, his seventh overall at Ferrari.
Friday's announcement put an end to rumours linking other drivers to Raikkonen's seat as well as the ever-present questions about his future.
And having dealt with both of those, Raikkonen says he is happy.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 9, 2016
"For sure it makes things easier," he told the official F1 website. "People will stop asking the same question over and over again! And that makes a huge difference.
"It also gives me pleasure that it is disappointing a lot of people who had high hopes.
"So it was good that there was a decision now and not towards the end of the season, because from now on we can fully concentrate on the remaining 2016 season and the changes for 2017.
"The rest – the racing and working with the team – doesn't really change.
"Of course I am very happy to stay with Ferrari. Also, I am interested to experience the changes of 2017. Faster cars and wider tyres – that sounds pretty good to me."
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