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Ferrari chairman wants to see more commitment from Raikkonen

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Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to see more commitment from Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen as discussions regarding the Finn’s future continue.

Raikkonen is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of the year and has struggled to match Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel’s form so far this season.

While Vettel has claimed three wins and four further podium finishes to lead the F1 drivers’ championship by 20 points, Raikkonen has just two top-threes under his belt, giving him less than half his teammate’s score.

Speaking in the Red Bull Ring paddock ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, Marchionne sent a warning to Raikkonen about his form, questioning his desire.

“I think Kimi has got to show a higher level of commitment to the process,” Marchionne said, as quoted by Reuters.

“There are days when I think he’s a bit of a laggard, but we’ll see.

“I am going to talk to him today, we’ll see what happens.”

Raikkonen finished Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix in fifth place, 20 seconds back from race-winner Valtteri Bottas as Vettel took P2 to extend his championship lead.

Raikkonen’s future has been a hot topic for a number of seasons, but Ferrari has opted to retain him alongside Vettel for the past three years on a rolling 12-month deal.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”