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.