With Kimi Raikonnen’s contract set to come to an end this year, the media have been hounding Ferrari and the Finnish racing driver for information on his forthcoming contract, or potential lack thereof. Rumors recently flared up in the Italian press the veteran driver would have to take a pay cut if he wished to stay for Ferrari, which he dismissed in typical Kimi fashion.
Via ESPN F1:
“I heard something about that (in the media),” he said. “I would be interested to know who wrote it, because first of all none of you have any idea what my contract says and you never have. It’s bulls*** nonsense that you guys come up with all the time, so keep writing that and it’s fine for me. The point is you have no idea what the contract says. I have a contract, they have to sign it, it’s as simple as that.”
The reaction is long overdue, as the motorsports media have been creating an unnecessary amount of drama in regards to Raikonnen’s future at Ferrari. In the same interview, Kimi cleared the air, saying if he doesn’t sign on with Ferrari, he won’t be in F1 anymore anyways.
“I don’t have anything to discuss,” Raikonnen said. “I have a contract and it has to be decided, it’s as simple as that. It’s not my decision, you have to ask the team. If I’m not with Ferrari, I’m not with any team, it’s as simple as that.”
“You guys worry about it more than me. I always said it’s not the end of my life if I don’t race next year, but obviously I want to be here and I feel that the team is definitely going in the right direction and doing the right things.”