Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has warned Kimi Raikkonen that his contract will only be extended if he raises his performance level.
Raikkonen has been under much scrutiny for the past two years for underperforming in comparison to teammate Sebastian Vettel. While Vettel scored three wins last season and finished third in the championship, Raikkonen, by contrast, scored only half as many points as the German.
And although Vettel would like Raikkonen to stay with the team beyond the end of his contract in 2016 - irrespective of performance -, Marchionne has made it clear that he will have to earn his contract extension.
"It is up to him," Marchionne told Gazzetta dello Sport when asked about the Finn's future. "Kimi's time with Ferrari will depend on his performance. He has to show he deserves to stay here, otherwise I think he won't want to continue here as well. There will come a day when I will leave as well."
Marchionne stated that Ferrari is further building its technical team, with the hiring of ex-Mercedes man Jock Clear being a prime example.
“We are doing that. We just signed Jock Clear,’’ he said. There are people that are helping out those areas that are struggling. We want to round out the team. Results don’t happen overnight, and we need time to bring about tangible results that will like come in 2017.”
by Rachit Thukral