Raikkonen unclear on Ferrari future


Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari future remains unclear but he insists the team know what his desire is.

The Finn is in the last year of his contract after joining in 2014, and team president Sergio Marchionne challenged him to prove himself worthy of a new deal this week.

Reports suggested Daniel Ricciardo could be set to replace the 2007 world champion next season, but the Australian revealed on Thursday he would remain at Red Bull until 2018.

Sitting fourth in the drivers' standings and 15 points adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, Raikkonen is unsure what 2017 will hold for him.

"I know that I have a contract for this year and I don't know what will happen next year," said the Finn.

"There's a lot of talk every year since I've been in F1 so it's nothing new. People can discuss and say what they want but they have very little understanding of what's happening.

"If I was making the decisions it would be easy to see what happens but I don't. I'm sure the team knows my side of the story and that's my interest."

With four races until the mid-season break, Raikkonen wants Ferrari to close the gap to championship leaders Mercedes.

However, he does not believe the next month will play a decisive role in the season's outcome.

"We will try to get as many [points] as we can," he added.

"I don't think one month will decide the whole story. There is still a long way to go and lots of things can happen.

"No need to make any plans, we go to every race like normal and hopefully get a good result."