Maurizio Arrivabene says he will not be rushing into a new contract with Kimi Raikkonen on the back of his Bahrain Grand Prix performance for fear of him 'falling asleep' and not delivering the same results going forward.

On the weekend where Raikkonen hinted he wants to assure his future with Ferrari beyond 2015, Arrivabene responded by laying down a gauntlet of him needing to demonstrate he is deserving of the drive based on his results this season.

With Raikkonen proceeding to secure his first podium since returning to the Ferrari team with which he won the 2007 Formula 1 world title, Arrivabene insists this performance alone doesn't change his mentality, joking that he gets more from the Finn when he is 'in a bit of trouble'.

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"I'm happy with the drivers that we have," he said. "This does not mean that I am going to sign with Kimi tomorrow. We are very clear, I repeat again: I said to Kimi, 'look, it depends on your performance' and he has demonstrated that he's a great driver.

"So if you ask me now, does he deserve to renew the option, now today I am going to say yes. But if I am going to say yes, I don't want the driver to fall asleep. So I want to keep him up.

"Kimi is giving the best when he in a bit in trouble. This is a psychological approach. So the paper at the moment is white. Sometimes I have to take the pen, then take it back, and Kimi is going to the podium."