Raikkonen hails Ferrari atmosphere, hints he could stay for 2016

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Kimi Raikkonen says the current atmosphere within Ferrari is the best he has experienced in his Formula 1 career and hints he could extend his stay with the team.

Raikkonen endured a disappointing 2014 season on his return to the Scuderia, being largely overshadowed by outgoing team-mate Fernando Alonso.

And while he has struggled to match new team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the early part of 2015, the Finn insists the atmosphere within Ferrari, with whom he won his one and only title in 2007, is better than ever.

“I think everybody is different, they have their own way of working and doing things,” he told reporters in Bahrain.

“Obviously I must say in the past when I was here in Ferrari there were some good times and a good atmosphere, but for sure this year is the best I’ve had in any team.

“How the team works together, how people work together, how the atmosphere is and how things have been going. That tells you a lot, so you’ll have to ask him the rest but I’m very happy how things are.”

Pressed on whether he would like to remain with Ferrari beyond the end of 2015, Raikkonen said: “We’ll see, obviously the team has to decide that but you have to talk to them.

“Obviously I’m happy how things are running, obviously we want better results but we’ve been a bit unlucky or whatever you want to call it in the first three races. It’s up to the team really to decide that.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari

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