Kimi Raikkonen says his future with Ferrari remains uncertain despite being determined to stay with the Italian manufacturer next season as he hints the decision is ultimately with the team.
The former F1 world champion's future with Ferrari remained unknown for a large stretch of last year, with speculation growing that Valtteri Bottas was in line to replace his Finnish compatriot, but it turned out Raikkonen held on to his race seat alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2016.
Asked about his future in the sport and Ferrari in Canada, the 36-year-old says he is happy to stay with the Italian manufacturer for as long as they want him but the decision is up to the Ferrari management.
“I don't know any more, you guys [the media] seem to know more every week about this,” Raikkonen said. “It is not my decision in the end and I've always said I am happy to be here and I hope I will be here with Ferrari to get where we want to be as a team. What happens in the future, we will see.”
Heading into the Canadian Grand Prix, Raikkonen has scored one point more than Vettel in the opening six races and both have been on the podium on three occasions.
Focusing on the race in Montreal, a race the Finnish driver has won once before in 2005 with McLaren, Raikkonen will receive an upgraded turbocharger on his Ferrari SF16-H.
Raikkonen says the margin of improvement the new turbo will bring in terms of pace remains unknown but he isn't expecting 'miracles'.
“We fully exploit [updates] all the time but this is a step forward, how much of one time will tell,” Raikkonen said. “It is a new part, we would never put a new part on if we didn't think it could improve us but what kind of step I wouldn't expect miracles but it is definitely the right direction.
“It is something we have waiting for a while but it is like all the new parts we bring, not something magic, a very normal working progress as a team.”