Team principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team Maurizio Arrivabene has once again publicly denied that the Maranello side used team orders at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix and insisted that there is “no problem” between his two drivers, also adding that as a team, Ferrari are firstly interested in winning the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship, while the Drivers Championship title is up to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to decide according to the results on the track:
“As Ferrari we are looking to the constructors’ championship. The drivers’ championship is their job. They are free to do it until the numbers are going clearly in one direction or the other. In that case, we apply our rules of engagement. But not now, and not in Monaco.” – team boss Maurizio Arrivabene explained, as reported on Wednesday by Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Team principal also confirmed that for the moment the Maranello team has not open talks with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen regarding the situation of their current contracts, which are available only until the end of the 2017 Formula One season, as the team focuses only on the current championship and the close battle with Mercedes. While it is expected that German driver Sebastian Vettel will renew his allegiance to the Italian outfit for the following years, pundits are guessing that Kimi Raikkonen could decide to retire and put an end to his F1 career once the 2017 season is over: “We are not thinking about contracts right now, we are thinking about the championship. As I have said many times, we are all working together, including the drivers, we are very focused on our job and I have to say the contract is not an issue.” – Maurizio Arrivabene concluded, as indicated by the Italian media.