Kimi Raikkonen insists that he has not been party to Ferrari's deliberations over his future, but refuses to dwell on the rumours currently doing the rounds in the F1 paddock.
Understood to have had to raise his game in the past couple of races, speculation over the Finn's future rose higher still in Austria after he lost control of his SF15-T on the opening lap and crashed out, taking McLaren's Fernando Alonso with him. Since then, several drivers have been linked to the seat alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2016, including Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas. Raikkonen, however, was his usual implacable self when asked about his situation.
“Obviously, they've made their decision [to reconsider for 2016],” he shrugged, “I try to do good races although, obviously, the last race was a bit difficult. But that's part of the game and, sometimes, you have that.
“I don't know anything more than you guys – I hope I'll know at some point what will happen, but it's all speculation at this time of year, and always the same stories, so it doesn't really surprise me a lot. Let's see what happens.”
With his Austrian accident coming two weeks short of the anniversary of last year's equally-spectacular exit from the 2014 British Grand Prix, Raikkonen also parried concerns that that would play on his mind as the Silverstone weekend got underway, insisting that he was still at the wheel of a good car that he hoped would still yield results.
“It's a new race, a different weekend, so it doesn't really matter if you've had an accident,” he pointed out, “Obviously, it was bad for our race, but that's part of the game – it doesn't change this weekend. I've had accidents before and I probably will in the future. We pay the price when things go wrong.
“Just because I had an accident doesn't change anything - I don't see why I would suddenly not like [the car]. Like I said, it's part of the game. We've improved the car and it's still a great car – obviously probably not fast enough to challenge Mercedes, but it's a very good car and a massive improvement from last year.
“Things go wrong sometimes, but it doesn't mean you suddenly hate the car. It's a good package, but obviously we want to improve and make it faster. Things can always be better – even with a winning car, there's always more you want out of it. Like I said, we've come such a long way since last year, but people forget all this. We're still a work in progress.”
Should he lose his seat at Maranello, however, it is unlikely that Raikkonen will look to follow fellow F1 refugees like Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Buemi into Formula E, despite having watched the race from London last weekend.
“I saw the race, but am not so interested [in racing there] in the future,” he said, “To go to the places they race is nice for the people but, for me, it doesn't go fast, it doesn't look spectacular - to me, they look slow. The concept is probably quite nice in the future but for now, yes, they get good racing out of it, but it is not something that really excites me.”