Scuderia Ferrari are focused entirely on the close and intense battle with Mercedes for the 2017 Formula One championship titles and for the moment are not thinking of the line-up for the next season, despite recent rumors which have linked the Maranello team with several drivers, such as Sergio Perez or Romain Grosjean.
Sebastian Vettel’ crushing consistency and ability to find the tiniest decimal points extra that barely existed often tilted the balance his way and as a result Seb is leading the Drivers’ standings by 12 points ahead of his main title contender Lewis Hamilton, but Mercedes currently have an eight-point advantage over Scuderia Ferrari in the race for the Constructors’ title. And while those battles are raging, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says that Ferrari will not be thinking about their 2018 line-up at this time, despite the fact that both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have contracts which are available only until the end of this season. Given the fact that the Italian team has produced a highly competitive car for the 2017 Formula 1 championship, Ferrari will hope that it will be enough in order to convince the German driver to continue, while Kimi Raikkonen’s future is uncertain. However, the main priority at this stage of the season is to develop the SF70H car in order to maximise the chances of successfully challenging Mercedes in the second part of the 2017 Formula 1 championship, as indicated recently by Maurizio Arrivabene:
“We are not thinking about contracts now, we are thinking about the championship. They are two separate issues. We are all concentrated. As I have said many, many times we are working altogether, including the drivers, we are very focused on our job and I have to say the contract is not an issue.” – Scuderia Ferrari team principal explained, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.