Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Raikkonen not worried about contract situation

(© Ben Johnston 2014)

Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has stated that he has absolutely no concerns about his contract situation.

The Finn is about to start his second season at the Maranello based outfit after he re-joined the team last season for the first time since 2009. Raikkonen who had an extremely tough season in 2014 has confirmed that there is an option for the partnership to continue next season. He said that the option is both on his and the teams side.

It all depends on how the results go for the Finn, who struggled to challenge former team mate Fernando Alonso last season.

Sebastian Vettel joins the team from Infiniti Red Bull Racing so Raikkonen will of course be judged on how he fairs against the four time world champion. So far in the opening test of the winter Vettel topped the time sheets on the opening two days while Raikkonen was second fastest on Tuesday and currently tops the times on the final day of the test.

However as it is the first test of the season, the times are completely meaningless as the teams work on systems checks and reliability. It won’t be until we get to Barcelona in two weeks’ time that we will get a real gauge on the relevant performances of each team.

Raikkonen was happy with his positive start to testing on Tuesday and once again ignored questions about his motivation which have become a traditional question for journalists to ask the Finn for his reaction, all the Iceman would say is that if he wasn’t motivated he wouldn’t be in F1.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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