F1 » Raikkonen secures Monza 'maximum'

Kimi Raikkonen moves up to third in the F1 standings with Monza result

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September 10, 2012 1:07 PM

Kimi best lap of the race (lap 52) was ranked 17th. The team need to raise there ambitions instead of constantly slapping themselves on the back. Any team who wants a top line driver 'will' be looking at Kimi. Lopez has said that the performance clauses in Kimi's contract have been met and Kimi is now locked into his contract for 2013. I hope driver and team dont miss out on an oppertunity.


September 10, 2012 1:15 PM

Well he's locked in but money talks.

Assuming Hamilton doesn't sign for Mercedes then he'd be better staying where he his. The weak point of that car is top speed and an temperamental Kers unit but it'll be better on the tracks coming up.

Can't see him back at Ferrari, can't imagine he'd want to play 2nd fiddle to Alonso.

runnah - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 1:32 PM

I'd love to see what he could do with Mclaren. I think Lotus is close to beinig a top line car just not this year or next. If Kimi is wanting to go for a serious title bid he would have to switch teams.

ActiveRideHeight - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 2:49 PM


You are right about lotus being 'close' to the top.

Unfortunately for them, they threw their weight behind their active ride height innovation - which was later deemed illegal by FIA - which probably explains their inability to quickly bring the heat into the tires, as the active suspension would have ensured even better cornering ability, resulting in icreased tire heat cycle.

Droog - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 6:21 PM

I'm a little baffled as to why Lotus didn't run their Dr. Device at Monza. Based on all of the speculation over it's features and benefits, Monza seemed like the perfect track for it. Increased straight line speed, but possibly a little hairy in fast corners. Apart from Parabolica, the track seems made for it.
Is it just vaporware?
Anyone think we may see it before the end of the season now that all remaining races are fly-away and harder to bring developments to?

fish fingers - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 6:26 PM

I don't know what the Contract says but he's carrying the team much like Alonso is. As the rules stand with degrading tyres etc, Kimi is a dependable championship contender and i can see him going to mclaren or possibly mercedes for 2014.


September 11, 2012 9:03 AM
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As much as I am a big Lotus fan, and appreciate that they gave Kimi the opportunity to return to F1. I think the cold hard fact is that Lotus, at the moment are simply not up to winning a world championship. The car is there or there about's, however like many times in the past, Lotus/Renault can not develop the car at the same rate as the "big teams" However, the more worrying fact seems to be that when Lotus DO have the fastest car i.e Bahrain, Spain & Hungary. They show a lack of ability to take control of the race and make the critical calls that they have to, to go forward and win the race.
It pains me to say it, but if Raikkonen's primary ambition with his return to racing is to win races & ultimately another WDC then I feel that he may have to look at a return to McLaren or (god forbid) Ferrari. Although, can not see him being allowed to win at Ferrari while Fernando is there. And a move to McLaren would seem to hinge on whether Lewis puts money & showbiz ahead of pure racing.

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