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Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: I have a contract for 2010 27 Aug 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, 27 August 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F60.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia Spain, Saturday, 22 August 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 21 August 2009

Whatever the Formula One rumour mill might say about Ferrari’s 2010 driver line-up, Kimi Raikkonen remains as cool as ever on the speculation surrounding his future with the team. The only thing he is willing to admit is that he has a contract for next year - and that any decisions will be made by people other than him…

Q: Kimi, is Spa one of you favourite tracks?
Kimi Raikkonen:
Yes, it’s a nice place and I always like to race here.

Q: Do you think it’s possible here for Ferrari to have a fourth podium in a row?
KR:
We will try, but we have to wait for tomorrow to get an idea of what will be possible. First you have to drive to see what is realistic.

Q: Is a win possible on a dry track?
KR:
As I said before, we have to wait until tomorrow. Now there’s no point in thinking of how we could do. The car has been good in the last three races - as good as it can get, I think. But remember, that track in Valencia is close to that of Monaco and so it behaved better than at many other circuits.

Q: How much of a help will KERS be on this track?
KR:
It helps at every race. I haven’t been in a meeting yet to find out where we will use it, but usually in the first corner and at the exit of the last corner - and somewhere in between - but that will be discussed with the engineers.

Q: There are a lot of rumours about you next season. What is your position now?
KR:
It has not changed since the last race. I have a contract. I don’t worry about me - there are other guys out there who worry much more. As I said, I have a contract and it’s not me who makes the decision, so it makes no difference. I don’t worry.

Q: How many engines do you have left for the rest of the season?
KR:
I don’t know. But we haven’t broken any of them, so we should have plenty.

Q: Are you satisfied with your personal performance this year?
KR:
I’ve given my best at every race. For sure, there have been races where I haven’t been happy how it went, but that’s always part of racing. Sometimes you have bad races and you are disappointed with how it went, but that happens every year. Overall I am happy how things are going. For sure, we always want to be higher up.

Q: You have delivered good results in the last two races, so are you upset that the car has not developed better throughout the year?
KR:
Sure, we would like to be better in the standings, but I think for now it is okay as it would take out time of the development of next year’s car. Once you fall behind you don’t have much of a chance to catch up. We still have some chances to get good results and get points, and of course everybody wants to win.

Q: Do you think that Luca (Badoer) will do better here than in Valencia?
KR:
It should be easier here because he has been here before and has more knowledge about the car. But how well he’s doing we will see in practice.