Raikkonen is presently the oldest driver on the F1 grid and can flip 42 earlier than the tip of the season, along with his present deal at Alfa Romeo expiring forward of the 2022 marketing campaign.
The 2007 world champion has endured a difficult begin to the 2021 season that has seen him rating only a single level within the opening 9 races, ending 10th in Azerbaijan.
Raikkonen has additionally struggled to match team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi’s qualifying kind thus far this 12 months, trailing the Italian 7-2 on Saturdays and dropping out in Q1 on the final three races.
Alfa Romeo is likely one of the few groups with two open seats remaining for 2022, with each Raikkonen and Giovinazzi presently on one-year offers.
However Vasseur made clear that it was “far too early” to debate Raikkonen’s future for 2022 given how lengthy there was remaining within the marketing campaign.
“We’re working collectively,” Vasseur mentioned when requested about Raikkonen’s plans for 2022.
“We have now tons of races in a row within the final two or three months, and I believe that we’ll focus on collectively on the final a part of the season, not earlier than.”
Alfa Romeo didn’t announce that Raikkonen and Giovinazzi could be staying for an additional season till October final 12 months, sticking with the identical line-up for a 3rd straight 12 months.
However the crew may very well be an vital a part of the driving force marketplace for subsequent season ought to any drivers be left searching for a drive.
Ferrari can place one in all its juniors on the crew – the seat presently occupied by Giovinazzi – and has 2020 F2 runner-up Callum Ilott presently working in a reserve function with Alfa Romeo.
Fellow Ferrari teen Mick Schumacher, who drives for Haas, has additionally been linked with a doable transfer throughout to Alfa Romeo.
Frederic Vasseur, Staff Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing
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Vasseur defined that it was good to maintain each Raikkonen and Giovinazzi beneath stress over their future by avoiding an early resolution on the line-up for subsequent 12 months.
“To maintain the system beneath stress is at all times a superb factor,” Vasseur mentioned.
“I don’t need to commit for a very long time, I don’t need to say: ‘OK guys, now you might be relaxed and bla bla and bla bla.’ We have now to maintain everyone beneath stress. Components 1 is all about stress and we’ve got to maintain it like this.
“Secondly, we don’t know what might occur round us within the junior sequence, on the prime of the sphere and so forth. You don’t need to take this sort of dedication as we speak.
“We all know completely that the grid will likely be fulfilled by the highest, that Mr. Toto Wolff will take his personal resolution after which Mr. Horner, after which at one stage it should come to us.
“However no, we’re not in a rush to take this sort of resolution. Issues are shifting, for positive we’ve got the query mark round Kimi, however Antonio is bettering and I need to hold the identical buzz till the tip of the season.”