Kimi Raikkonen says "all fine" with Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne
The Finn seems relaxed about his position with Ferrari despite the troubled start to the 2017 season.
Kimi Raikkonen has been under fire for 'lack of performance' in the last few Formula 1 seasons. Even then he has still managed to retain his seat amid strong speculation about his position.
The 2007 champion is once again in the bigger picture this season. While his teammate Sebastian Vettel leads the championship after three rounds, the Finn is only fourth in the standings, having scored exactly half the points the German has.
After a difficult Chinese Grand Prix, it was reported that Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne wanted to speak with Raikkonen over his inconsistent form.
When asked on the topic, the 37-year-old was quick to dismiss the reports and term them as 'nonsense'.
"As far as I’ve spoken to our personnel [Marchionne] it has always been fine," he said during the Russian Grand Prix.
"I know that there’s some things that have been said and written but for me, you can find so many nonsense stories in newspapers, on the web, that I trust much more how my relationship is personal with the team or with him.
"For me it’s all fine. Like I said before, I expect a good result from myself; when I don’t get them I’m unhappy with myself so if the people aren’t happy that’s fine because I’m not either so it’s not really a big deal for me.
With Ferrari's reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi showing good form with Sauber and other leading drivers like Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz performing well, his seat once again will be a hot topic for the 2018 season.
"What comes to my future I don’t know. There’s always a lot of talk on that since years. I’m not going to try and I’m not going to do this and that," the Finn said on his future.
"My first thing is that I want to do well and then we’ll see what happens after this year. It’s definitely not the first thing in my mind right now.
"My first thing in my mind is to do well and here and then the next race and whatever that brings we will see in the future. I have a good relationship with him, I know him well and it depends on many things."
After managing to have a one-year extension on his contract for the last two years, it remains to be seen if the Iceman will be able to convince the Ferrari heads for yet another season.
At soon-to-be 38-years, Raikkonen faces an uphill task to win another title when he has a teammate like Vettel in opposition to start with.
As much as we know him, he is not the one to show up in F1 just to be there. His past shows, if and when he thinks, he cannot do it, he would simply move on.
And with the form shown by Vettel and Ferrari in the opening few races, keeping aside the troubles faced by Raikkonen, it will eventually come down to performance. Nothing less than to be in the fight for the title will justify another year with Ferrari.
Time (and possibly age) is perhaps running out for the fan-favourite Raikkonen to deliver what he is capable of. He knows it more than anyone else, maybe it is the time to move on?
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