Kimi Raikkonen says he is getting 'pleasure' from seeing people disappointed about his new deal with Ferrari for the 2017 Formula 1 season as he reiterated he wants to focus on his racing.
yesterday ended speculation about Raikkonen's future within Ferrari by confirming it had extended his deal into 2017 ahead of the British Grand Prix.
With Maurizio Arrivabene saying the earlier than expected contract was partly to take pressure off Raikkonen, the Finn shrugged off reaction that Ferrari has made a mistake in retaining him by saying he takes 'pleasure' in their disappointment.
“It's easier now, people stopping asking the same question. I wouldn't have signed the contract if I wasn't happy here, but the rest doesn't really change. We go and work the same way but it's easiest for us that people don't ask these kind of questions.
“I'm very happy about it, it gives me pleasure to see disappointed people about it, but when it comes to next year it's a different story with different rules. We can take time now and start talking about contracts maybe in January maybe later in the year. For us it just makes it easier.”
Raikkonen will start the British Grand Prix from fifth position, the former champion recovering ground after a spin nearly forced him out at the Q2 stage.
“I just spun when I was starting the lap. I just hit a kerb and spun on cold tyres, so it obviously made it much more difficult to myself to get through Q2 than I should. It was quite difficult to control, but that's how it was.”