Raikkonen: Future with Ferrari to be decided later in the year


Kimi Raikkonen has said that he is not too concerned about his future with Ferrari in Formula 1, preferring to wait until later in the year before deciding whether or not to exercise the option on his contract.

The Finn rejoined Ferrari for the 2014 season on a two-year deal with an option on a third, and suggested last year that he will most probably quit F1 once he leaves Maranello.

A disappointing campaign last year has left many questioning Raikkonen’s future and motivation, but in Jerez earlier this week he said that he is not thinking about his next move at the moment.

“There is an option on my contract,” Raikkonen confirmed. “It’s up to me and the team to do a good job this year, and if it goes badly and I don’t sign it, I don’t sign it. It won’t be the end of the world.

“The aim is to do well, and there’s a big chance. If everybody is happy then I am sure we can do well.

“We’ll see what happens in the future. I don’t worry about it or think about it.”

Raikkonen has been joined at Ferrari by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel for the 2015 season, with both drivers hoping to revive the team’s fortunes after its worst performance in 20 years in 2014.

It is likely that the Finn’s decision will be the focus of the 2015 silly season. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas has already been linked with the seat but simply said that he wants to be in the “quickest car available” for 2016.

Besides Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton is the other big name driver who is out of contract at the end of 2015, but the defending world champion appears to be keen on extending his time at Mercedes beyond this year.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.