Ferrari not yet thinking about Vettel, Raikkonen 2018 F1 contracts

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Ferrari Formula 1 chief Maurizio Arrivabene says he is not yet thinking about Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen’s contracts for 2018 despite both drivers currently being free agents for 2018.

Ferrari has made its strongest start to a racing season in over a decade in 2017, led by Vettel with three race wins en route to a 25-point lead in the drivers’ championship.

Vettel and Raikkonen are out of contract at the end of the year, and while speculation about the future of both drivers continues to bubble in the paddock, Arrivabene is preferring to focus on Ferrari’s championship bid than plans for 2018.

“We are not thinking about contracts now, we are thinking about the championship,” Arrivabeen said.

“They are two separate issues. We are all concentrated.

“As I have said many, many times we are working all together, including the drivers, we are very focused on our job.

“I have to say the contract is not an issue.”

Vettel has been linked with a move to Mercedes for 2018 in place of Valtteri Bottas, although the team recently said that a deal, while not impossible, was “not on the table”.

Raikkonen’s future with Ferrari has become a yearly staple of ‘silly season’, the Finn being the oldest driver on the grid. While the 2007 world champion is yet to win a race this year, his charge to pole in Monaco showed that he still has a spark and ability to succeed at Ferrari.