Montreal - Kimi
Raikkonen on Thursday stuck with Ferrari's position and denied
widespread claims that his world championship leading team-mate
Sebastian Vettel had official number one status.
Eleven days after his gloomy silences in answer to questions that
followed him being re-positioned behind German Vettel by Ferrari's
controversial pit-stop strategy at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Finn was
quick to reply to reporters ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
"No, we don't have anything," he said, in answer to a direct question
about four-time champion Vettel's status.
"But when it comes to that
point in the season when a guy has a chance and the other guy doesn't
have a chance, it's normal."
Vettel's principal title rival three-time champion Briton Lewis
Hamilton and many paddock observers had viewed the manner in which
Ferrari executed their pit stops in Monte Carlo as clear evidence that
the Italian team favoured the German.
Raikkonen had started from pole position and was leading the race
when he was called in early, gifting Vettel a clear chance to secure the
race leadership and his third win in six races this year.
Hamilton has won twice and his Mercedes team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas
once in the other three as they have engaged in what promises to be a
season-long scrap for the titles.
Asked about Hamilton's comments, 2007 champion Raikkonen said: "I
don't know how much he knows about other teams. Whatever he thinks is
fine for me. We know what we do and sometimes this kind of things
happen. It's nothing unusual.
"We can race, yes. We know our rules. We know what the team wants and
it's simple as that. We race as hard as we can. We always try to beat
Vettel reiterated that he is not the team's number one.
"At this point of year, it makes no sense because you have so many
races to go. We are not trying to waste energy on what people think we
are doing. We are doing our best and we have a clear policy."
Raikkonen denied that his miserable demeanour in Monaco had been
caused by the team’s strategic decisions, but was due only to the
He also declined to make any comment on his plans for next year. His contract with Ferrari ends at the end of this season.