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Raikkonen's future is in his own hands

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15/05/2016

Retained this year, despite what many consider to be a lacklustre 2015, Kimi Raikkonen has shown glimpses of his old self in the opening four rounds. Indeed, the Finn, who starts today's Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his teammate, also leads Sebastian Vettel in the championship standings, by ten points.

At a time his own future is said to be in doubt, Maurizio Arrivabene has suggested that if Raikkonen continues his current form he could be retained for another year.

"The future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi," he told Chinese broadcaster LeSports. "At the moment he is showing that he is very committed, very good, and he is delivering what we are expecting from him.

"More than this, we have four races now on our back and one race coming up that is the fifth race out of twenty-one. It is too early to tell to his fans what is going on in the future, but I think at the moment I am very happy with what Kimi is doing."

Asked about the Finn's age - he will be 37 in October - Arrivabene said: "Age is not important. What is important is the commitment, the professional skill of the driver, the braveness of the driver too.

"I remind to you that Nigel Mansell won the championship at an age that was three years older than Kimi," he added.

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