Kimi Raikkonen will need to prove in 2015 that he deserves another year at Ferrari
. That is the warning of new Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene
, following recent reports that the Finnish driver wants to stay at Maranello not only next year but perhaps also in 2016.
35-year-old Raikkonen, however, struggled notably on his return to the Maranello team from Lotus
this season, with a points haul one third the size of Fernando Alonso
's and not a single podium appearance.
"Last season was difficult for Kimi," Arrivabene is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, "but that does not mean that he has lost his speed.
"He is a former world champion, and more importantly he won the title driving a Ferrari.
"I want to emphasise that next season Kimi needs the time to show that he is capable, and after that it will be possible to make a decision about the future."
Raikkonen's teammate in 2015 will be his friend Sebastian Vettel
, F1's quadruple consecutive world champion for Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
"For sure," Arrivabene insisted, "drivers are not a problem for us."