Kimi hopes to stay on at Ferrari

Date published: June 9 2016

Although Kimi Raikkonen wants to continue his Ferrari stay through into 2017, he admits the decision does not rest with him.

The Finn returned to Ferrari, with whom he won the 2007 World title, in 2014 but has failed to shine in his comeback.

Last season this led to a great deal of speculation about his future with several drivers linked to his race-seat.

In the end Ferrari opted to retain Raikkonen in a one-year deal.

He is, however, now been dogged by more rumours with the 36-year-old saying he has no idea where he will be next season.

Asked about his future, Raikkonen told the media in Montreal: “I don’t know any more, you guys seem to know a lot every week.

“It’s not my decision in the end.

“I’ve always said I am happy to be here and I hope I will be here with Ferrari to get where we want to be as a team.

“What happens in the future, we will see.”

Raikkonen arrived in Canada fourth in the Drivers’ Championship having lost ground to the Mercedes drivers as well as Daniel Ricciardo last time out in Monaco.

He is hoping to close the gap on the front runners this weekend as Ferrari introduce an upgraded turbo.

Raikkkonen concedes it is a step forward, and not a miracle.

“This is a step forward, how much of one time will tell,” he said.

“We don’t put new parts in the car if it we don’t think it improves it, but we don’t know what kind of step.

“We’re not expecting miracles suddenly, but it’s the right direction.

“It’s like any other new parts we bring, it’s not going to be something magic.”