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Arrivabene: ‘Does Hamilton call you? Because he never calls me’

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Ferrari team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene, has said the team have no plans at present to approach Lewis Hamilton to drive for them amid rumor he could replace Kimi Raikkonen.

With Lewis Hamilton yet to sign his new contract as he negotiates the finer details with Mercedes.

In Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Raikkonen did exactly that, finishing on the podium for the first time since 2013 Korean Grand Prix.

The performance resulted in Arrivabene being quizzed over Raikkonen’s chances of staying, given he has an option on his deal for next year, but also whether Ferrari were interested in Hamilton.

“Does Lewis Hamilton call you? Because he never calls me.” Arrivabene is quoted as saying by theguardian

Arrivabene added: “Every driver here in the paddock wants to drive for Ferrari, this is normal, even guys that were quite a lot of the time world champion.

“I’m happy with the drivers we have, but this does not mean I am going to sign with Kimi tomorrow.

“We are very clear, I repeat again: I said to Kimi, ‘Look, it depends on your performance’ and he has demonstrated he’s a great driver.

“So if you ask me now ‘Does he deserve to renew the option?’ I am going to say yes.

“But if I am going to say yes, I don’t want the driver to fall asleep. I want to keep him awake.

“Kimi is at his best when he is in a bit in trouble. This is a psychological approach.”

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