Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen says his Formula 1 future is dependent on the Maranello team, but believes that he is in a “normal situation”, as he strives to remain with the team for the 2018 Formula One championship. Kimi is currently in his seventh season with Scuderia Ferrari, split across two periods, having re-joined the Italian side back in 2014, following his more successful first stint between 2007 and 2009.
The Finnish driver, however, has not scored a win during his second Ferrari spell, and for now has managed fewer than half the points amassed this season by his German team-mate and title leader Sebastian Vettel, ahead of the 2017 British Grand Prix. The Finn recently came in for some criticism from Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne, who commented: “I think Kimi has got to show a higher level of commitment to the process. There are days when I think he’s a bit of a laggard.”
When asked about the situation regarding his future, Kimi explained: “It’s up to them [Ferrari]; whatever they decide it’s their choice. I don’t know, we’ll see…you’ll have to talk to the team and ask, but in my view it’s a normal situation, like it was last year.” Raikkonen accepted that his recent results have been sub-par but remains adamant that he can return to the sharp end of the grid: “For sure I’m not very happy where we’ve been finishing, considering all the races so far, but we cannot change it. The team knows for sure what I want but even then it’s up to them. My only aim is to do well, that’s the only reason I am here. It is not always fun when it’s not going well, but that’s how it is sometimes. I’m sure the results will come.” – the 2007 Formula One world champion concluded, as reported by the Italian media on Thursday.
Ahead of the 2017 British Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England, Kimi Raikkonen holds fifth place in the Formula One standings, 88 points behind his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.