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Raikkonen on course for 2016 Ferrari contract extension

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Great news! We might get to relish Kimi staying in F1 a bit longer…

Kimi Raikkonen is on track to securing a deal to stay at Ferrari beyond the 2015 season.

When he rejoined Maranello from Lotus for 2014, the Finn signed a two-year contract [with an option for 2016]

Raikkonen, 35, struggled last year but is happier with this year’s car alongside his new teammate and friend Sebastian Vettel.

“I could not imagine a better driver pairing,” team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said in China last weekend.

It is believed Raikkonen’s current Ferrari contract includes an ‘option’ for 2016 that must be triggered by Ferrari.

According to the Ferrari insider and blogger Leo Turrini, the Maranello team is currently considering doing just that.

And the F1 broadcaster Sky Italia is reporting similarly, adding that “the final decision will be taken on the basis of the next few races”.

| Source: grandprix247.com |


Kimi runs towards confirmation at Ferrari

By Leo Turrini | Translation courtesy of Claudio Acquista

If Kimi continues as he has, he will stay at Ferrari in 2016. I know that even Marchionne jumped on the chair, watching the first lap ‘made in China’.

In Maranello, they are seriously thinking of proposing to the blond an extension of the contract, which expires at the end of this season. They’re just awaiting little confirmations.

The Holy Drinker, as seen on the slopes of Melbourne, Sepang and Shanghai, is very determined. He’s also very fast, at least in the race (in qualifying, honestly, a little less). And it is a shame that you can not know the full extent of dialogues via radio during the races. I assure you that they are not only fun, but also very instructive.

Raikkonen wants to stay and you realize that, given the events of 2014, the results now are the best … it’s a deposit. If he can still let the stopwatches talk for him, he will get what he wants: to end his career with the team that he so very strongly wanted to win back, recreating what in modern times had been accomplished only by Clay Regazzoni and Gerardone Berger.

It would do a favor to Maurizio Arrivabene, who would have more time to think about the medium-term prospects, notwithstanding the undeniable presence of Seb Vettel.

Ok, everything is in the hands (and feet) of the last world champion with the Red Army.

Give to Kimi what makes him

by Leo Turrini | Translation courtesy of Claudio Acquista

When I was a boy, Diego Armando Maradona came to play in Italy. A colleague, after having seen him for the first time playing with a Napoli jersey (shirt), wrote a sentence that went something like this: a dribble of Pibe is worth the ticket price.

Now, I don’t proclaim that Raikkonen is the Maradona of Formula One: I have the sense of proportion. However, considering just the first round of the blonde in Shanghai, it was worth, in fact, the price of the ticket. The rapid double overtake on Williams was a bit of a way to respond: to himself, after the uncertainty of Saturday.

When I say that Kimi should give more in qualifying, I say an obvious thing. Because, in the races, even in the disaster of a season ago, who wanted to know and could understand that talent had not gone away…. that talent still lives in the head and lay at the feet of the Holy Drinker. Of course, Vettel finished third and I am very happy. The key thing is that we have two great drivers in Ferrari.

Two. After that … The Mercedes was ahead and remained ahead. Hamilton is in a state of grace. But for Ferrari, there are now three podiums in three races. Last year there were two throughout the whole season. I also add (in my considerations) the final gap: having Rosberg not so far away, it’s not that The Black (Ham) has led with his elbow outside. So, the Red is not far away and there is still space for development (for all, eh: even for the Silver Arrows).

In short: dreaming, they can do it. Dreaming. Do not forget that early in the season the first goal of Ferrari was to climb over the Williams. In China, it was clear that this mission is accomplished. I do not know what Alonso thought when Ferrari lapped him. But I know that it would be in the interest of Fernando to simply stop commenting on the current performance of the Red Army. It’s not useful to him. McLaren Honda, in fact, is embarrassing. And here I stop.

Too bad for Verstappen, who has been really good. But in general the situation of Team Renault is disastrous. This still does not justify the rise of the bibitari (*Leo would say that they speak with no brain). And as I always write, you have to know how to lose. I would like to reassure my friend Luisa. I would love to interact with you during the Grand Prix, I did it only twice in my life (Belgium 2010 and Brazil in 2012) and I enjoyed it very much. But I just do not have time.

‘Team orders’ a thing of the past at Ferrari

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Kimi tells Seb he better watch out cos he’s coming to get him! lol

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has ruled out using team orders to boost his drivers’ chances of fighting for this year’s Formula 1 title.

Although Ferrari has been known for having no qualms about using team orders in the past, Arrivabene says that policy changed when he arrived at the team last year.

He insists that, despite Sebastian Vettel having had a better start to the season than teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari will continue to give the Finn all the support he needs.

“We will give him all of the necessary support, and I do not want to hear about team orders,” Arrivabene told Autosprint.

“When I arrived at Maranello I saw the old rules of engagement, and I made some changes in the presence of both drivers and their race engineers – so that everybody is informed.

“The only rule in force is that of mathematics.”

Vettel has finished on the podium three times in three races, including a race victory in Malaysia, and is currently second in the standings.

Raikkonen is fifth, with two fourth places as his best results.

| Source: motorsport.com |

Kimi: I am a very happy dad

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Kimi Raikkonen told Italian channel RAI TV how happy he is being a father, in an interview broadcast during the Chinese GP weekend. Raikkonen also talked about working alongside Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and how refreshed the team is feeling after a successful start to the season.The big question at the end is whether Kimi will remain at Ferrari for next year… But Iceman doesn’t reveal much in typical fashion.

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Watch the video,
courtesy of Wait and See.

Rough translation, courtesy of @Gianlu_DAle:

Q: Are you worried about the advantage that Sebastian is earning on you?
Kimi: It is not the ideal situation, but this is the reality. I keep pushing and we’ll see how it will finish.

Q: How is the relationship with Sebastian?
Kimi: The relationship is fine, as before. People believe that between me and Seb internal problems may arise because of the different results, but we get along as friends and especially as collegues. It is normal being against each other on the track, but for the team we work together.

Q: What is the atmosphere in the team after the changes of last winter?
Kimi: Inside the team we work well and in harmony. All the team go in the same direction. It is the best moment, as in group dynamics, of all my experience in Formula 1.

Q: How do you feel now as a dad?
Kimi: I am very happy with being a dad. It’s nice, obviously it is a different feeling, something new for me, especially hold in my arms this little adorable baby. Unfortunately I’m very often out and not at home, but that’s life. When he will grow up, I will bring him with me. I’m very happy right now. I have a beautiful family, who supports me, even when I return home after a bad race.

Q: Will you remain in Ferrari next year?
Kimi: We have to understand what the team principle wants and thinks and if Ferrari wants me. Time will tell.

 

Arrivabene: Kimi is a sensitive guy

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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene insists that Kimi Raikkonen can deliver this season, but the Finn has to feel that he has the full support of the team.

After being overshadowed by Fernando Alonso last year, Raikkonen has Sebastian Vettel as his new teammate, but the German has so far outqualified him in all three races.

Vettel has also scored three podiums, including a victory in Malaysia.

The Finn finished fourth in China after passing both Williams drivers on the first lap, and he was running close behind Vettel when the safety car emerged at the end of the race.

“They have different characters,” Arrivabene said of his drivers. “Seb is a kind of strong guy, very committed, etc.

“Kimi, he needs to feel the support of the team around him, and especially the team principal.

“In Malaysia I was talking with him after the practice, and he knows me, we’ve known each other for many, many years. I said, ‘Kimi, if you’re attacking for nothing, expect me to react.’

“But Kimi likes this kind of relationship, when you talk with him straight into the face. He’s called Iceman, but actually apart from this image of Iceman he’s a guy who is very sensitive.

“If he feels that the team is around him and is pushing for him as it’s pushing for Seb, then Kimi can give us very good results and perfect performances.

“The race in Malaysia, I mean we were jumping like kangaroos – even if it was Malaysia not Australia – for the victory, but actually if you look back and look at the race of Kimi it was wonderful.

“The new news in Ferrari is that we have a team now, and we have two drivers, two very good drivers.”

| Source: motorsport.com |


 

Arrivabene’s reaction to Kimi’s great start at the Chinese GP:

Hugging an Ice-cream? Arrivabene consoling Kimi who was disappointed with his race after the Malaysian GP: