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Kimi Raikkonen relaxed over Ferrari future

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Kimi Raikkonen's contract at Ferrari expires at the end of 2015 - but talking to the Finn you would never guess.

The 2007 World Champion has been constantly asked about whether he will still be wearing the red overalls of the Scuderia beyond this year, and ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix it is another case of déjà vu as the question he is probably bored of hearing was put to him once again.

"You will have to ask Ferrari what they're going to do but very certain what will happen and obviously it seems to be every year or every team I am in, it seems I'm being kicked out or a new contract or whatever," Raikkonen said when a journalist at Wednesday's press conference asked him whether he or Ferrari would exercise the option to extend his contract. "I'm not worried about it at all so time will tell, for sure."

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During the press conference, Williams' Valtteri Bottas was sat directly behind his fellow countryman, and he has been linked with replacing Raikkonen at Ferrari.

But, Raikkonen as ever, was hardly bothered by the speculation.

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"Who knows? Even though we are both Finns, we don't know each other so well," Raikkonen told reporters after being asked whether Bottas would be a good fit at Ferrari.

Raikkonen expects Ferrari response

With regards to the action on the track, Raikkonen expects Ferrari to bounce back from their disappointing showing in Spain and to get more out of their new updates.

"Obviously we think that they are good parts; otherwise they would not be on the car at all," he commented, as he ran the old specification on the car for the Spanish Grand Prix as the new upgrades failed to make the desired impact, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third behind a Mercedes one-two and over 45 seconds off race winner Nico Rosberg, with Raikkonen finishing down in fifth position.

"No, there were certain things we wanted to learn and I was prepared to take the chance and work for the long future for all of us. I think we learned things and I'm sure that we will get them working 100 per cent in the future.

"Maybe here I think they should be fine. You know, every circuit, every condition is different. It was a bit of a tricky weekend for us but I'm sure we'll be better here and in upcoming races. Like I said, it wasn't ideal for us but the aim is to improve. We have come still a long way from last year and we want to improve and improve and we have to keep working."

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