Formula One Ferrari driver and resident Iceman Kimi Raikkonen has reiterated that he believes all to be well between himself and his team leaders.
After two fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place finish in the races so far, the impression was that the big heads over at Ferrari were not happy with Raikkonen’s performance and that words needed to be exchanged. While Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne did issue statements saying as much, there was certainly a jovial air to the remarks.
Unfortunately, tone doesn’t seem to translate all too well into text. Media channels seized the opportunity and perpetuated a view that Kimi was on thin ice within the team, and that his future in Formula One was at stake. Kimi, catching on to these stories, has decided to step forward and clear the air around them:
“As far as I have spoken to our president, everything is fine. I know some things were said and written, for me I read so many nonsense stories in newspapers and on the web.
I trust much more how my relationship is with the team or with him. I expect from myself a good result… if other people are not happy that is fine because I’m not either so it’s not really a big deal for me.” – Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen went on to comment about his future regarding Formula One and racing, saying that while he acknowledges a future beyond Formula One, he has no concrete plans to offer up as of yet and that he’d rather focus on performing well before anything else:
“When it comes to my future I don’t know. There are always a lot of talks over the years, my first thing is I want to do well.
We’ll see what happens after this year, it is definitely not the first thing in my mind, it is to do well here and in the next race. Let’s see what the future brings, I have a good relationship with my team and it depends on many things.” – Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen has certainly been playing second fiddle to his teammate, Sebastian Vettel. For one reason or another, the Finn has been unable to break into the podium thus far in the season. But, with only three races so far, there’s plenty of time for him to turn it around.