Ferrari’s top brass is putting 2018 contract talks with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the back burner for now, as the team focuses on its season.
Neither Scuderia driver has a deal in place for next season, and while it is expected that Vettel will renew his allegiance to the Italian outfit, pundits are guessing that Raikkonen will call it a day on his F1 career at the end of the season.
“We are not thinking about contracts now, we are thinking about the championship,” said team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
“As I have said many times, we are all working together, including the drivers, we are very focused on our job and I have to say the contract is not an issue.”
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Arrivabene reiterated the team’s stance on team orders, insisting there is no hierarchy among the drivers, contrary to popular belief.
“As Ferrari we are looking to the constructors’ championship,” he said.
“The drivers’ championship is their job. They are free to do it until the numbers are going clearly in one direction or the other.
“In that case, we apply our rules of engagement. But not now, and not in Monaco,” Arrivabene added.
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