Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015, but the Italian team has an option on the Finn’s services for next season.
Recent reports in Italy suggest that Valtteri Bottas is being lined up as a possible replacement for Raikkonen, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with the seat.
Speaking to NBCSN at Silverstone, Raikkonen said that he was unfazed by questions about his motivation and claimed that they have been a recurring theme throughout his career.
“They’ve questioned it for I think 12, 13 years now, so keep doing it, I don’t mind,” Raikkonen said.
“They can write what they want. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be here, if I wouldn’t want to do well and do racing. I could stay home, I suppose.”
Raikkonen has already scored 17 more points in the first eight races of the 2015 season than he did in the entirety of 2014, but some of his performances have been brought into question.
The Finn has struggled to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace, but he feels that a few more things need to fall into place before he can unlock his full potential with the Ferrari SF15-T car.
“I choose to be here, I want to do well and obviously sometimes you have hard times,” Raikkonen said. “We’re in fourth place in the championship, second as a team.
“Obviously it hasn’t been exactly as we wanted so far this year, but we have all of the tools. We just have to put things together and clean up certain things and I’m sure we’ll get the result we deserve.”
| Source: nbcsports.com |
The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were front runners this Friday at Silverstone, come the end of the first two free practice sessions, which marked the start of the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Raikkonen was second this afternoon with a 1.34.502 on his qualifying simulation using the Medium tyres, just ahead of Vettel who did a 1.34.522, both men running the softer of the two compounds brought to England by Pirelli. Having been quickest this morning, Nico Rosberg was again fastest for Mercedes with a 1.34.155 [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.009s||0.854s||25|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.153s||0.998s||22|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.300s||1.145s||36|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.387s||1.232s||34|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.866s||1.711s||37|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.351s||2.196s||29|
The Ferraris were fourth and sixth fastest in the first free practice session at Silverstone, the historic home of the British Grand Prix. The Finn posted a 1.35.588, to end up behind the lead trio of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.34.274) his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.34.344,) and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso (1.35.530.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was sixth with a 1.35.739. Apart from the usual tyre programme, running two sets of Hard tyres each, the two Ferrari men shared the tasks of aerodynamic testing and set-up work [via ferrarif1.com]
|3||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.530s||1.256s||18|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.669s||1.395s||33|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.818s||1.544s||26|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.876s||1.602s||22|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.157s||1.883s||28|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.889s||2.615s||26|
From crash.net – Kimi: “It’s only practice. It looks good but who knows what happens over the weekend? It’s only Friday… We try to do the maximum in a practice as any Friday. Some days it goes a bit better and that depends on the circuit. It was not an easy day but I think we learned a bit. We still have to improve things and try to make it a bit more straightforward. On the hard tyre I had a hard time for whatever reason – if it’s just the one set or if it’s the hard tyre that is tricky here. But on the medium it seems to be pretty OK for one lap. We obviously we have work to do but it was a messy session because of the issues with the hard tyre.”
From f1i.com – Kimi: “I think we [Sebastian Vettel] are working well together and have a similar idea of things and what we want. Obviously that helps for the team and we can work in a normal way.”
From espn.co.uk – Raikkonen was then asked whether his strong finishes in both sessions was one for his critics, with his future at Ferrari still hanging in the balance, to which he replied: “No, it’s a normal Friday so I don’t know. I’ve answered your questions about next year maybe 20 times and it hasn’t yesterday or the day before.”
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“So far, the season has not been ideal and we haven’t got the results we expected, but the most important thing now for me is to try and have good races. Compared to last year, it hasn’t been a disaster, we are in the fourth place in the Championship and second as a team and we have all the tools to do better.
After a bad race in Austria we hope to have a good weekend here: I like this place, there’s a lot of tradition in motor racing. Maybe I enjoyed more the original layout, it was more flowing, similar to Monza or Spa, but it is always a nice place to come to. Now it’s too early to say what will happen, so far we have been more or less the same in every track, so I don’t expect here to be anything less than that. Here it’s often quite windy and this can make it tricky for everybody. We have the speed and all the tools to avoid mistakes. If we got rid of all the small issues, we could have good results.” [via ferrarif1.com]
Q: Kimi, the GPDA fans’ survey revealed that you are the most popular Formula One driver it would seem, amongst those polled. What’s your reaction to that?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I think it’s a good thing. I would rather take the fans than not having them. Obviously, some people… maybe I was lucky that they were ones that answered the survey, but I’m happy to have fans and obviously that’s a good thing.
Q: What do you think it is about your character that appeals to them?
KR: You’d have to go and ask them who voted, so…
Q: There’s a few too many to do that I think. The team is telling us that retaining your seat for next season is in your hands, do you feel you are on the right track to meet their targets.
KR: I don’t know. Obviously they’ll make the decision. We try to do good races. Obviously the last race was a bit difficult but that’s part of the game, sometimes you have that. Who knows: I don’t know anything more than you guys, so I will know hopefully at some point what will happen. There are always speculations to start off the year and it’s always the same stories. It doesn’t really surprise me a lot so let’s see what happens.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, accident here last year, accident in last race in Austria, how difficult is it for you to come to this weekend?
KR: It’s a new race, different weekend. It doesn’t matter if you have an accident. It was obviously bad for our race but that’s part of the game. It doesn’t change this weekend at all. I’ve had accidents before and probably will in the future, you pay the price when things do wrong.
Q: (Mike Doodson – Grand Prix Plus) A question for Jenson and Kimi. Last weekend we had Formula E racing in London, there were a few good, old F1 names among the drivers. Did either of you see the race and would you seriously consider switching to electric racing after Formula One?
JB: To answer the second question: no. And did I watch the race? No. I have watched a race this year and the reason is, it’s not because of the cars themselves, it’s because of the drivers. There’s a lot of drivers that I’ve raced against over the years, I think there’s 13 ex-F1 drivers, and that’s what makes the category exciting: they’ve got some real talent there; they’ve done a good job of getting talented drivers in the cars. I think there’s a great place for electric racing – if that’s what you want to call it – but I think it’s great and there’s a good fight amongst the talented drivers that are there. But it’s not something that interests me. Motorsport is motorsport for me. Something that I love is the smell, the sound and the speed – and that’s what Formula One is all about.
KR: Yeah, actually I saw it. I saw the race and I’m not so interested in the future in some point to race them. It’s… I mean they’ve done well to go in the places that they race – I think it’s nice for people but, I mean, for me, unfortunately… we always talk here: it doesn’t go fast; it doesn’t look spectacular. They are… in my view they are pretty slow. The concept is probably nice in the future. Right now, yes, they get the good racing out of it but it doesn’t really… it’s something that doesn’t really excite me really – but obviously I’m happy for them to make such a good race series out of it.
Q: (Daan de Geus – NU.NL) Kimi, you let it be known earlier in the season that you were quite happy about the 2015 Ferrari and the way it handles and it fits your driving style. Ferrari have obviously been updating the car and made some changes to it. Do you still like the way it handles and the way it suits your way of driving?
KR: I don’t see why I wouldn’t suddenly like it; because I’ve had an accident doesn’t change anything. I’ve had accidents sometimes, like I said, it’s part of the game. We improved the car and it’s still a great car, obviously probably not fast enough to challenge Mercedes all the time but it’s a very good car and it’s a massive improvement from last year. Things go wrong sometimes but it doesn’t mean that you suddenly hate the car or you don’t like things. It’s just a part of the game. Like I said, it’s a good package and obviously we want to improve it and make it faster. Things could always be better. Even if you’re in a winning car you’re always wanting more out of it. Like I said, we’ve come such a long way from last year which people always forget. We’re still a work in progress to improve things.
Video – Press conference
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I asked Alonso once again on the situation in Austria. The distance from Kimi was now ten feet 😂 #mtvf1
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Kimi: “good to get youngsters close to the sport”
Yesterday, Kimi Raikkonen had spent a very busy day at a venue that is dear to all car lovers.
The Finn first stopped off at a Shell service station, carrying out some promotional activities for the Scuderia Ferrari sponsor.
Then he headed to Goodwood, where he tackled the famous hillclimb at the wheel of an F10. Kimi also took time to greet the many fans attending the event, as well as Prancing Horse owners.“It’s the second time I’ve come to Goodwood and I reckon it’s a very nice event, always well organised. I met a lot of youngsters this time and it’s definitely a good thing to get them closer to the sport,” commented Kimi as he saluted the fans before leaving [via ferrari.f1.com]
FoS Behind The Scenes – Who Says Kimi Raikkonen Never Smiles?
It’s often said that Kimi Raikkonen is a completely different character when the cameras are turned off, but, thanks to our very own Lord March, we can now show you that side of the 2007 F1 World Champion.
Filmed yesterday when Kimi headed to Goodwood House to meet the FoS founder and Ken Block after his trip up the hill in a 2010 Ferrari on behalf of Shell. We won’t spoil the video, but prepare to see a very happy Kimi chatting about F1 and the potential of driving with the Hoonigan one day [via grrc.goodwood.com]
Kimi drives the F10:
Goodwood FoS 2015 – Crofty as Kimi’s mechanic https://t.co/MkJaUcTnqe Kimi bringing the fuel 😂
— Verena (@miezicat1) June 28, 2015
Kimi meets with Lord March and Ken Block: