Arrivabene tells Raikkonen to stay calm

By on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says that Kimi Raikkonen's future remains in his own hands, but that he must avoid the pressure of the situation and stay calm.

Ferrari has an option to retain Raikkonen alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2016, but has not yet given assurances that the Finn, currently fifth in the standings, will be kept on for another season.

Raikkonen's situation has not been aided by a difficult string of races, having spun on his way to fourth in Canada, crashed out in Austria and made an erroneous tyre choice on his way to eighth in Britain, via a spin at the final corner.

Arrivabene nonetheless says that Ferrari has not yet decided Raikkonen's future and has sympathies with the current situation.

"The future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi," Arrivabene said.

"I don’t want to talk any more about Kimi, because we have 10 races to go. At the right time we will communicate to Kimi what we are going to do, and that’s it.

"Kimi knows what he has to do, he knows that the future is in his hands.

"Think to be Kimi, for a second. Everybody started to talk about him since Bahrain, and then he has to jump in a car and drive at 300 or something km/h.

"Is it a good mood? No. So I want Kimi to stay calm and do his job."

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