With no wins under its belt so far in 2016, Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is staying focused on this season, avoiding any questions in regard to the team’s efforts in 2017.
When asked by Autosport if he had made a decision in regards to extending Kimi Raikkonen’s contract for another season, Arrivabene said it’s much too early to discuss it.
“It is too early to talk about next season because the number of victories we have is still zero,” he said. “There is a long way to go.”
“Kimi is back on and is fully concentrated on doing his job,” the 59-year old added. “On Sunday, he demonstrated that he is a good team-mate of Sebastian.”
“We are looking, we are not in a hurry and I must say that he is not in a hurry.”
Williams’ Valteri Bottas and Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean have been rumored as potential replacements for Raikkonen, who is currently in his third season with Ferrari. Force India’s Sergio Perez has also caught the attention of the F1 paddock after scoring podiums in Monaco and Baku, however the team is keen to keep the Mexican around.