Maurizio Arrivabene says he wants Kimi Raikkonen to 'stay calm and do his job' as speculation over his future at both Ferrari and in Formula 1 continues to mount.

The Finn's future has been a topic of conversation in the F1 paddock since the start of the European season as he struggles to take the fight to new team-mate Sebastian Vettel in arguably the second strongest car on the F1 grid.

Though Raikkonen did out-qualify Vettel for the first time under equal terms (excluding Vettel's technical issue affected Canadian GP qualifying) at the British Grand Prix, an erroneous pit strategy would see him finish down in eighth, which in turn saw him cede fourth in the overall standings to Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

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Raising more questions about Raikkonen's racing nous, particularly after his unusual crash in Austria, Ferrari team principal Arrivabene has nonetheless urged Raikkonen to focus on the job he knows he needs to do if he wants to retain his seat for 2016.

"The future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi. I don't want to talk any more about Kimi because we have ten races to go and, at the right time, we will communicate to Kimi what we are going to do and that's it.

"I won't want to get rid of all this because we have two drivers and Kimi knows what he has to do, Kimi knows that his future is in his hands and that's it."

Indeed, Arrivabene harbours some sympathy for Raikkonen given the intense speculation around him.

"At the right time, we will communicate our decision but I think to be Kimi for a second: everybody started to talk about him since Bahrain and then he has to jump in the car and drive at 300kph+. Is he in a good mood? No. I want Kimi to stay calm and do his job."

Raikkonen, who did return to the F1 podium in Bahrain with a charging drive to second place, has already communicated that he will exit F1 if he does not remain with Ferrari next season.