Kimi: Future not in my hands

Kimi Raikkonen's future at Ferrari still remains clouded, despite the Finn insisting he wants to remain at the Italian manufacturer. 

He acknowledges however, that perhaps the final decision, to be made later in the season, is not in his hands. 

Raikkonen's two-year contract comes to an end in 2015. Depending on his performances however, Ferrari have an option to extend it to 2016. 

His last two grand prix performances have put that extension in doubt. Raikkonen currently sits 48 points behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings. 

Speaking to the F1 show, Raikkonen stressed it was up to Ferrari to make the final decision on whether his contract would be extended into 2016. 

“Things are not always in our hands. They have a contract since I signed this contract with them; it’s up to them, either sign it or not sign it," a forthright Raikkonen said.

“I get the same question all the time but I’ve nothing to tell."

Raikkonen, who famously left the sport after the 2009 season, spent two years in the World Rally Championship, firstly for the Citroën Junior Team in 2010 and finally his own team, ICE 1 Racing in 2011. He also tried his hand at some NASCAR racing in 2011.

The pull of Formula 1 remained strong and the Finn returned in 2012, taking a seat at Lotus before joining Ferrari for a second time in 2014.

He insists his love for the sport remains undiminished but admits things have not run smoothly lately, especially in Austria.

“I wouldn’t be here today or at any race if I didn’t [love F1],” Raikkonen said. “But it’s not such good fun when you have weekends like last weekend. It’s not the first time, and hopefully the last, but things go wrong sometimes.

He remains adamant that he will improve and fans of the Finn will hope he can secure a Ferrari seat for next year.

“I don’t need to be here – I can walk away whenever I want, but obviously the aim is to do well. I want to do well, the team wants to do well and obviously I’m sure the team will be one of the teams to beat in the future and I’m sure next year will already be a different-looking story again.”

 

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