GP Austria, interviste giovedì–18/06/2015
Kimi Raikkonen slams F1 media over 2016 Ferrari paycut reports
Kimi Raikkonen has slammed Formula 1’s media for speculating about his Ferrari future, following reports he could have to take a paycut to keep racing in 2016.
The Finn’s future beyond the end of this season is unclear at the moment, with Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene saying earlier this year an extension to Raikkonen’s deal "depends on his performance".
Raikkonen said during pre-season testing "there is an option in the contract", but he added at the time he wouldn’t "worry about it".
When asked in Austria on Thursday about rumours of a paycut for 2016, Raikkonen criticised those in the media speculating on his future.
"I heard something about that – I’d be interested to know who wrote it," said the 2007 world champion.
"First of all you have no idea what my contract says. You never have.
"It’s the bullshit nonsense you guys come up with all the time. It’s fine with me.
"Have you seen my contract? So you just come up with bullshit – yes or no?
"You don’t know the contract but you write stuff. You write stuff that’s not true.
"Maybe you should start writing some things that make sense."
After admonishing the press, Raikkonen finished with: "Write what you want, I don’t really care."
Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari ‘can avoid’ problem behind Canada spin
Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari can avoid a repeat of the problem that caused him to spin in the Canadian Grand Prix, even though Formula 1’s rules limit the team’s options.
The 2007 world champion spun on an out-lap after a pitstop at the Montreal hairpin in the Canadian GP, when he was caught out by the engine settings his car was still running as a result of his stop.
While Raikkonen believes he and Ferrari can now make allowances for what happened in Canada, the FIA’s rules on how engine settings can be changed after a car makes a launch (at the start or after a pitstop) means there is always a risk of something similar happening again.
"It was a freak accident, but that’s part of the game, and I’m sure we can avoid it," Raikkonen said in the Red Bull Ring paddock on Thursday.
"There are some rules when you do starts, and after the pitstops, there’s an FIA lockout that lasts a certain time.
"It doesn’t matter when you switch [the engine mode] off it still takes 90 seconds – it’s a normal thing on a race weekend.
"You cannot change that, but we have settings we can work on, and knowing what can happen we can try to avoid it.
"We know what caused it and we will do the best we can to minimise that risk.
"The rules limit what you can do, but we know certain corners, at certain circuits, there might be a chance [of a repeat], so we know to do it differently."
Raikkonen added the Montreal spin was the first time he had suffered the problem with the 2015 Ferrari.
"It hasn’t happened at all this year – never in testing or practice – the first time it happened was in the race," he said.
"Unfortunately on that circuit in those conditions it happened, and I spun because of it."