McLaren CEO comments on reported interest in Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen


After getting both their cars on the podium in Austria last Sunday, things may improve even further at Silverstone this weekend for The Prancing Horse due to some tweaks and upgrades on the car.

Upgrades include a new floor and Sebastian Vettel was certainly sitting pretty on Friday after going fastest with a 0.187 advantage over Hamilton in second.

"Everything we put on the car seemed to work," said Vettel.

"It's a small step in the right direction. What's more important is the balance was there from the beginning of the day and I felt quite happy with the car. I had a good rhythm straight away so, for a change, we had a good Friday."

The German also added, when asked on their head-to-head battle with Mercedes that Ferrari were trying to 'kill their magic'.

World champion Lewis Hamilton was also in a fighting mood after the first practice session.

"It's going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast. We're in for a serious fight which is great for the fans and I hope that we can pull through."

On the subject of upgrades, the Briton was also happy to praise slight changes made to the Silverstone track.

"The track is the fastest it has ever been," said the Mercedes driver.


"We're flat out through Copse and Turn 1 and through Turn 2 with the DRS - it's insane how fast it is. The faster this track gets, the better it gets. It has to be the best track in the world, it feels like driving a fighter jet around the track."

It's not just been about upgrades at Silverstone, however, there has been more chat about the future of drivers.

With Daniel Ricciardo, Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all facing uncertain futures, there's plenty of discussion flying around.

One thing looking most likely, however, is Alonso leaving McLaren, and if that is to be the case, they'll have to seek a replacement.

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A man being linked with that seat is Ferrari's 'Iceman' Raikkonen, but McLaren CEO Zak Brown has been quick to refute those rumours, claiming nothing has been discussed between the two parties.

McLaren executive Brown told Finland's C More, as per Sportsmole: "We did not negotiate with Kimi.

"He's a very good driver. The summer is now underway, so there's a lot of options out there, but we keep them to ourself.

"Certainly Kimi is a world champion and he won many races for us. If he is available, you'd be a fool to ignore it."

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