New Ferrari boss insists no decision yet on Raikkonen

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New Ferrari boss insists no decision yet on Raikkonen
Jonathan Noble
By: Jonathan Noble
Aug 31, 2018, 5:00 PM

Ferrari’s new CEO Louis Camilleri insists that no decision has yet been taken about Kimi Raikkonen’s future at the team.

Although there have been indications that Camilleri’s close relationship with Raikkonen had increased the chances of the Finn earning a fresh contract, the new boss was clear on Friday that nothing had been settled.

“We have not taken a decision yet,” Camilleri told media during his first press conference in his new role at the Italian Grand Prix.

“When we take that decision, and there is no timeframe, you will be the second to know.”

Camilleri, who has taken over control of Ferrari from Sergio Marchionne, added that the final decision on who the team would take to partner Sebastian Vettel would be down to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

“I know Kimi very well," he explained. "He is a dear friend and has been for a long time. As for the decision-making process, it is a team decision.

“Maurizio, who is team principal, will ultimately take the decision but he and I will discuss it, and once we are ready we will take it.”

No Alonso talks "to my knowledge"

Podium: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, sprays the Champagne

Podium: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, sprays the champagne

Photo by: Charles Coates / LAT Images

While Ferrari’s choice of drivers is between Raikkonen and Charles Leclerc, there was speculation earlier this year that the team had been considering Fernando Alonso.

When asked about whether Ferrari considered bringing the Spaniard back into the fold, Camilleri said: “Alonso retired, or at least stepped down for a year.

“To my knowledge we’ve had no contact with Alonso. I’ve been here for four weeks but I do not believe there were any contacts.”

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