Sunday 13 September 2009

Ferrari leaves Raikkonen's F1 future open

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

Ferrari left Kimi Raikkonen's future open to speculation Sunday despite the 2007 Formula One champion reaching the podium for a fourth straight race at the Italian Grand Prix.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali refused to say whether the Finn will drive for the team next year despite being under contract for 2010.

"I think that, as we have said, we don't want to discuss this now, because I don't think it is correct," Domenicali said.

Speculation is intense that Ferrari is set to hire two-time world champion Fernando Alonso from Renault, especially after the Italian team signed Spanish bank Banco Santander as a main sponsor for five years from 2010.

Raikkonen has single-handedly kept Ferrari third in the constructors' series thanks to his recent performances, including a victory at Belgium. Teammate Felipe Massa is still recovering from surgery on multiple skull fractures after a violent crash in Hungary, but is expected to return next year.

"We are happy with the performance of Kimi because he is playing fantastically, he is driving very, very well," Domenicali said.

Raikkonen beat McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Alonso by a single point to capture the world title in 2007.


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