Il bastone e la carota–20/04/2015
Ferrari F1 boss says Kimi Raikkonen deserves 2016 deal
Ferrari wants to keep Kimi Raikkonen in Formula 1, but it does not want to offer him a new deal yet because it feels he performs best under pressure.
The Finn took advantage of an alternative tyre strategy to finish second between the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
It was the 2007 world champion’s best result since rejoining Ferrari last season and came on the back of a difficult start to the season.
"I am really happy for Kimi," said Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. "I can officially state that he’s back.
"He showed what a race animal he is. Kimi is giving the best when he is a bit in trouble."
Ferrari has yet to decide whether to take up its option on Raikkonen for next season and Arrivabene said while the Finn was strong in Bahrain, he wants to keep him on his toes.
"I’m happy with the drivers we have," he said. "This doesn’t mean I am going to sign tomorrow with Kimi.
"I said to Kimi, it depends on your performance. He has demonstrated he is a great driver.
"If you’re asking me if he deserves to renew the option now, I’m going to say yes.
"But if I’m going to say yes, I do not want the driver to fall asleep.
"This is a psychological approach. The paper at the moment is white.
"Sometimes you have to take the pen and take it away, and then Kimi is going to the podium…"