Ferrari to take 'holistic' view of Raikkonen

Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:29am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Ferrari will take a 'holistic' view in deciding whether Kimi Raikkonen stays with the Formula One team next season, according to principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

The 2007 world champion, still Ferrari's most recent, crashed spectacularly in Sunday's Austrian Formula One Grand Prix when he lost control on the opening lap after starting in 14th place.

Ferrari have an option on the Finn, who is out of contract at the end of the year, but there has also been speculation that he could be replaced.

Compatriot Valtteri Bottas, now at Williams, and Force India's Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg have both been touted as possible candidates.

Arrivabene told reporters that Ferrari had a deadline they were working toward and a decision would be taken at the "appropriate time for him (Raikkonen) and for us."

"I'm not going to tell you when the deadline is but it's an overall view that is conducting our decision," he said.

"I am talking about performance. Performance means a kind of holistic approach. How is the feeling with the engineers, how is working with the engineers, getting points, podiums, how quick?...many, many things.

"And now it's early to tell him something or to decide something," added the Italian.   Continued...

Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the qualifying session for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger