Raikkonen in dark over Ferrari future

Following a drivers press conference at Silverstone on Thursday, Ferrari driver and former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen touched on rumors that surround him and the team.

The previous two races for Raikkonen have been underwhelming.

The Finn qualified third in the Canadian Grand Prix, but a mid-race spin at the hairpin corner for the second consecutive year caused him to finish fourth, missing out on a likely podium.

In Austria Raikkonen failed to make it out of Q1 while teammate Sebastian Vettel qualified third. Then disaster struck during the race after just two corners when his car collided with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, forcing the Finn to retire.

With the recent results many have questioned if Ferrari should retain Raikkonen for 2016 or if they should look at replacing him. Another Finn, Valtteri Bottas, has been linked to the team even before the start of the 2015 season and has outpaced his fellow countryman in the last two races.

Currently, Bottas sits five points behind Raikkonen in the championship despite missing the Australian Grand Prix at the start of the season.

When asked if his future with the team was still in his hands, Raikkonen was unsure if that was indeed still the case.

“I don’t know,” said Raikkonen. “Obviously they’ll (Ferrari) 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.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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