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Kimi Raikkonen still in the dark over Ferrari future

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Kimi Raikkonen says he is none the wiser about his future in Formula One, but is confident he will be among the first to know when Ferrari makes a decision.

Raikkonen's future remains in doubt as Ferrari continues to deliberate over whether to take up a contract option with the Finn for 2016. Valtteri Bottas has been linked to Ferrari as a possible replacement, but Raikkonen says he is used to the constant speculation about his future after spending 13 seasons in Formula One.

"Somehow I end up in the same situation every year and it makes no difference if I have a contract or not," Raikkonen said. "I have a contract and it's an option now [for 2016].

"It's not a new thing and it seems to happen every year in F1. I have made it very clear to the team what I want to happen and it's to be here next year. But unfortunately I don't know anything more than you guys.

"I don't read a lot of stuff, but obviously I can see a lot of stuff being written, but whatever comes out in the press doesn't really matter for me.

"I'm pretty sure I will be one of the first to know rather than reading in the newspaper when something comes up. Like I said, time will tell and until then I will try to do the same as before and whatever the decision is we will go from there."

Asked when a decision would be made, Raikkonen said: "I don't know, you have to talk to the team. It's not my decision and I don't know any more than I knew at the start of the year.

"For me the decision and the whole thing hasn't changed for months. If I knew I would easily say, but unfortunately I don't know. I have said many times what would like to happen, but who knows. Time will tell obviously, so let's wait and see."

Raikkonen had previously said he would not drive for another team after Ferrari, but when pushed on the prospect of switching teams he appeared to leave the door open.

"Time will tell obviously. I don't know what will happen and there is no point to start guessing what will happen. I would like to know, but I don't know, so I will wait until I know and then we will see what happens after that."