Raikkonen: It's Ferrari or nothing for me in F1

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that it is Ferrari or nothing for him in Formula 1 next year, as he hit out at reports he will have to take a pay cut to stay in 2016.

The Finn's current contract with the Maranello team runs out at the end of this year, but Ferrari has an option to extend it if it wishes to.

Raikkonen has said that he has not yet had any indication from Ferrari management about its intentions, but says that he is far from concerned about the situation.

"They have a contract, they have to sign it and it is as simple as that," said Raikkonen in Austria. "It is not my decision and you have to ask the team.

"If I am not with Ferrari, I am not with any team - it is as simple as that. You guys worry about it more than me.

"I always said it is not the end of my life if I don't race next year but obviously I want to be here.

"I think the team is definitely going in the right direction, and I am sure in the future we can really be the team to beat. We have to still work though to improve things."

Salary claims rubbish

Raikkonen was upset, however, at suggestions that emerged in the Italian media claiming that he would have to accept a pay cut if he was to get a fresh deal.

"I would be interested to know who wrote it," said Raikkonen. "First of all they have no idea what my contract says, they never will have.

"It is bullshit who says that. Just keeping writing that. You have no idea what my contract says."

Raikkonen even confronted the journalist who wrote the story suggesting the pay cut.

"So you just come up with bullshit that has nothing to do….yes or no?" asked Raikkonen. "You don't see the contract but you write stuff?

"So you write stuff that is not true…. We will see. Maybe you should start writing some things that make sense."

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news