Raikkonen: I wouldn’t be racing in F1 if I didn’t want to be

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Kimi Raikkonen hit back at questions about his motivation ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, saying that he would not be racing in Formula 1 if he didn’t want to be.

Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015, but the Italian team has an option on the Finn’s services for next season.

Recent reports in Italy suggest that Valtteri Bottas is being lined up as a possible replacement for Raikkonen, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with the seat.

Speaking to NBCSN at Silverstone, Raikkonen said that he was unfazed by questions about his motivation and claimed that they have been a recurring theme throughout his career.

“They’ve questioned it for I think 12, 13 years now, so keep doing it, I don’t mind,” Raikkonen said.

“They can write what they want. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be here, if I wouldn’t want to do well and do racing. I could stay home, I suppose.”

Raikkonen has already scored 17 more points in the first eight races of the 2015 season than he did in the entirety of 2014, but some of his performances have been brought into question.

The Finn has struggled to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace, but he feels that a few more things need to fall into place before he can unlock his full potential with the Ferrari SF15-T car.

“I choose to be here, I want to do well and obviously sometimes you have hard times,” Raikkonen said. “We’re in fourth place in the championship, second as a team.

“Obviously it hasn’t been exactly as we wanted so far this year, but we have all of the tools. We just have to put things together and clean up certain things and I’m sure we’ll get the result we deserve.”

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race