Kimi Raikkonen’s future at Ferrari seems uncertain, the 35 year old former F1 champion is determined to stay for at least another season or maybe two. However new team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has effectively handed Raikkonen a ‘friendly fire’ warning shot.
Arrivabene has gone on record to say that Raikkonen will stay at Ferrari so long as he continues to deliver results. The Finn’s current contract ends at the end of this season.
For Raikkonen it doesn’t look good when comparing his early season results to his four-times F1 champion team mate. Sebastian Vettel has comprehensively outperformed the Finn at each race so far.
Raikkonen has struggled to match Vettel’s pace in qualifying but during the race his speed and natural instincts as an attacking driver are not to be questioned.
Arrivabene believes if Raikkonen improves his qualifying form then he would be in a better position to challenge for podiums. So far Vettel has claimed one victory and four podium finishes to Raikkonens one podium finish.
Arrivabene recently said in an interview with F1.com “I talked with Kimi straightforwardly, and he knows very well: the more points he can deliver, the better his chances to stay!”
The Ferrari team boss did concede that he is not considering any other drivers for 2016, “I know very well that if needed you can have a driver that is ready to jump in a Ferrari any minute. That is not a problem. The problem is to work with the driver that we have and make sure that he is giving us the best performance,” said Arrivabene.