Question is, did sacrificing personal wins in Monaco and Hungary swing things Raikkonen’s way?
An announcement in August seems both strange and early.
The couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Italy over the weekend, and a new photo posted by Scuderia Ferrari shows the beautiful couple on their big day.
The snap showed the handsome racing driver, who currently drives for Ferrari in Formula One, posing alongside his new wife Minttu.
GALLERY: Celebrities that have married in Italy about their relationship. "But eventually we established trust between us and in May last year he asked me to stop work to move in with him in Switzerland." The couple started dating shortly after Kimi finalised his divorce from his first wife, former Miss Scandainavia winner, Jenni Dahlman.
There have been rumours that one of Vettel’s demands from Ferrari for his extension was to retain Raikkonen as his team-mate and wingman.
Raikkonen’s extension of what could be his last and final season in top-flight of Motorsport does come at a time when most pundits and possibly even a large faction of his fans would rather see him retire than play second fiddle to Vettel.
Ferrari has traditionally reserved driver announcements for their home race in Monza (Italian Grand Prix, to be held from 1-3 September this year).
But an early announcement indicates two things: first, Ferrari wants to focus on the battle at their hands, a Drivers’ Championship at the hands of Sebastian Vettel.