Ferrari not distracted by line-up talk

Date published: July 29 2015 - Editor

Will they or won't they keep Kimi Raikkonen remains the big talking point in the paddock, but Ferrari are not distracted by it as they have one clear goal: how to improve the car.

Ferrari"s drivers had another mixed weekend with Sebastian Vettel coming from third on the grid to win the Hungarian Grand Prix while Raikkonen failed to see the chequered flag due to an MGU-K issue.

Although he wasn't at fault for his retirement at the Hungaroring, the DNF came at a bad time for the Finn as speculation over his future continues.

Raikkonen's contract with the Scuderia runs out at the end of the season and, if reports coming from Italy are to be believed, then Ferrari are ready to replace him with Valtteri Bottas from Williams.

However, all the parties involved in the saga insist no decision has been made and Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says now is not the time to talk about their 2016 driver line-up.

"Our goal now is to focus on the car," he is quoted as saying by Autosport. "We have time to talk about drivers [later].

"I thought Kimi was having a great race. Congratulations to him for what he was doing on Sunday.

"Unfortunately something happened and we didn't have the double."

Formula 1 is now on its annual summer break and, while a lot of teams have often used the layoff to make decisions about their future driver line-ups, don't expect Ferrari to reveal anything any time soon.

"During the summer, you normally have a break so you are not deciding, working or thinking," Arrivabene said.

"You are swimming, climbing, going mountain biking or whatever it is – otherwise it is not a break. It is work."