Raikko­nen bat­tles for his fu­ture with the Ital­ian giant

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Kimi Raikko­nen con­cedes that he has to make a swift re­turn to form if he is to be in con­tention to stay at the team next sea­son af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing Cana­dian Grand Prix.

Raikko­nen fin­ished back in sixth, al­most a minute shy of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, who was fight­ing for the race lead.

The re­sult comes af­ter Raikko­nen also crashed out of the pre­ced­ing Monaco GP.

Raikko­nen said: “This race and the last wasn’t ideal. Hope­fully we will get things run­ning more smoothly for the next race and get back to where we should be. It wasn’t the ideal week­end but we still take points that we got, even though it’s not what we want.

“I’m sure I could have done cer­tain things bet­ter but we’ve done what we could and it’s point­less to try and put any num­bers on it [to rate his per­for­mance].”

Raikko­nen, whose con­tract ex­pires at the end of this sea­son, ad­mit­ted he had tyre is­sues in Canada.

“The car was OK at cer­tain points but on the last sec­tor it’s dif­fi­cult to get the tyres work­ing af­ter the straights, so I strug­gled to keep the heat in them.”

Fer­rari team head Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene said ask­ing Raikko­nen to con­serve fuel could have con­trib­uted to the Finn’s tyre heat is­sues. He added: “Ev­ery time we are ask­ing him to save fuel, he slowed down and the tyres were los­ing tem­per­a­ture, and it was not easy to catch up. Some­times it hap­pens that cer­tain week­ends are per­fect and others are not.”

Raikko­nen knows his per­for­mances must im­prove

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