Kimi Raikkonen has said he is unconcerned by the latest speculation that he could be replaced in the Ferrari line-up for the 2010 F1 season.
Despite having a contract in place with the Scuderia
for next year, rumours have continued abound all season linking the Finn with an exit from the team which carried him to the 2007 drivers' title, with Renault's Fernando Alonso the man at the top of Ferrari's list to replace him.
That speculation increased in the run up to this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo revealed that Felipe Massa – currently continuing his recovery from injuries sustained in Hungary – was the only driver who would definitely be with the team next season, with the other driver yet to be decided.
"We will have a Brazilian driver because he deserves another chance given that, thank God, he is fine,” he was quoted by Reuters
. “Otherwise, we are mulling the best choice but we still have time. We will decide in a few weeks.”
However, when quizzed on the comments by reporters ahead of this weekend's race, Raikkonen insisted that his position hasn't changed, and that he still has a contract for 2010.
“It's the same story still,” the Finn said. “I have a contract and I guess they want to talk about it, but it hasn't really changed anything since the last race or the race before.”