Kimi Raikkonen says "everything is fine" in his relationship with Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, following comments about his Formula 1 form.
While team-mate Sebastian Vettel has won two of the first three grands prix, finishing second in the other, Raikkonen has failed to stand on the podium at all.
After Raikkonen finished more than 40 seconds behind Vettel in the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this month Marchionne said he wanted talks about the Finn's form, but Raikkonen says there is no problem between them.
"As far as I have spoken to our president, everything is fine," he said.
"I know some things were said and written, for me I read so many nonsense stories in newspapers and on the web.
"I trust much more how my relationship is with the team or with him.
"I expect from myself a good result... if other people are not happy that is fine because I'm not either so it's not really a big deal for me."
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Raikkonen's last two Ferrari renewals have been completed in the summer for single seasons.
He turns 38 in October and said that while his future beyond the end of 2017 remains open, discussing it is not at the top of his list.
"When it comes to my future I don't know," he added.
"There are always a lot of talks over the years, my first thing is I want to do well.
"We'll see what happens after this year, it is definitely not the first thing in my mind, it is to do well here and in the next race.
"Let's see what the future brings, I have a good relationship with my team and it depends on many things."
An "awful" start hurt Raikkonen's race in Bahrain, and having shown encouraging pace after that he acknowledges he needs to find more in qualifying.
"I am more happy than I was probably the first race, in the last race it was pretty good and I was very happy with it," he said.
"Qualifying not so much, but the race was good.
"Then we had a pretty average Saturday so the starting place was already not good, and a pretty bad first lap, so it was a bit of a bad start.
"I got past Felipe [Massa] at the beginning and had good speed and the safety car was just unfortunate after our pitstop.
"I think just the feeling was also pretty good.
"We just need to make Saturday's better and use our speed."