Raikkonen made pit call

Date published: July 6 2015

Kimi Raikkonen and not Ferrari made the decision to come into the pits early and change to intermediate tyres at Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The Finn, who pitted five laps before Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, was forced to pit again nine laps later as his inters had been worn out after driving on a barely wet circuit.

Speaking to Sky, Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene confirmed that Raikkonen had made the call, but unlike Vettel, he had misjudged the conditions at that point in the race.

"I feel happy because once again, Seb made the perfect call to come into the pits, and then drove superbly to open the gap to the Williams cars," said Arrivabene.

"The strategy guys do a wonderful job, but when it rains, it's the driver who has the final call to the pits. In the case of Kimi, whose strategy was identical to Seb's, he thought it better to come in. If it had rained harder, maybe he could have won the race."

Raikkonen, who eventually ended in eighth position, thought that he would gamble on the rain becoming harder far faster than it eventually did. 

His decision was also made in light of the weather at the time which lead to a variety of conditions at different points around the track. 

"It changed quite a lot from lap to lap. One lap it was very slippery and then it came back to turns six and seven and it got quite slippery for me and it looked like it was raining more and more," the Finn said.

"Obviously I decided to come in [to the pits], I thought it would keep raining, but four laps too early. It was the wrong choice, but at least we tried."

Up until his decision to pit, Raikkonen had a strong weekend, even out qualifying his team-mate. 

Ferrari have yet to confirm that they will extend his contract into 2016 with Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo the names bandied around as his replacement. 

Arrivabene believes the Finn's future lays in his hands. He wants all speculation about that future to stop to allow Raikkonen to focus on what he is paid to do, and that is race for Ferrari. 

"I always said that the future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi. I don't want to talk anymore about Kimi because we have 10 races to go. At the right time, we will communicate to Kimi what we are going to do – and that's it," the Ferrari team principal declared.

"But I want to get rid of all of this [speculation]. We have two drivers; Kimi knows what he has to do and knows that his future is in hands. That's it.

"Think to be Kimi for a second. Everybody starts to talk about him since Bahrain and then you have to jump in the car and drive at 300-something kph. Is it a good mood? No, so I want Kimi to stay calm and to do his job."