Ferrari not yet thinking about Raikkonen future

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says the squad is not yet thinking about its driver options for the future, with Kimi Raikkonen's contract expiring at the end of 2015.

Raikkonen re-joined Ferrari at the start of 2014 but his current deal runs out at the end of this season, though Ferrari has an option to retain him into 2016.

Arrivabene says that Ferrari's focus lies elsewhere, though is adamant the Finn's sub-par showing in Austria did not change matters.

"Of course you have a deadline, but I am not going to tell you when the deadline is," Arrivabene said. "It is an overall view that will conduct our decision. I am talking about performance, and performance means a kind of holistic approach.

"How is the feeling with the engineers? How is he working with the engineers? How is he getting points? How is he getting podiums? How is he quick? There are many, many things.

"Now it is too early to tell him something or to decide something. I could be a bit too defensive or protect him, but we are not even at the halfway point of the season. Try to be in my position. I cannot go to Kimi and say you are out or in or whatever. I want the guys to be concentrated on what they are doing today and to give the maximum."

Arrivabene added that the final decision regarding Raikkonen's future would rest with Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne.

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