Kimi must ‘push’ for new contract

Date published: April 18 2015

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says it is up to Kimi Raikkonen and his performances out on track as to whether he signs a new deal.

The Ferrari driver's current contract expires at the end of this season, however, there is an option for 2016.

But whether Ferrari take that up will depend entirely on the Finn's performance.

"It's early to talk," Arrivabene said.

"He was telling me about the contract and I said to him, it depends on your performance.

"And Kimi, he’s the kind of person that he appreciates when you’re talking with him in a very transparent way and straight to his face.

"Kimi knows, now it's early to talk about this at the moment. I'm happy about the performance of Kimi but he needs to push and he knows that."

As for Raikkonen, he concedes that his future rest with Ferrari.

"That is up to the team to decide," the 2007 World Champion told the official F1 website. "They have an option on my services – so go and ask them!"