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Kimi Raikkonen aims to go for the 2013 F1 title with Lotus

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Angry F1 fan - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 8:43 AM

There is no doubt that the f1 paddock has been better for kimi's return. I have no doubt in saying he's one of the most, if not THE most, popular driver of the fans. Who else can make getting lost seem so cool??

Anyway, on a serious note, I expect Kimi and Lotus to be challenging for the championship next year. With their rate of improvement as it is, there's no excuses

SpeedD - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 9:19 AM

One of the other funny Kimi moments for me was at Austin. Being a new circuit, each and every driver was asked if they had done the traditional walking of the circuit in order to know it. Most drivers were responding with the plan for the usual healthy jog with some team members or simply walking around the circuit. On the Saturday when Kimi was asked, he simply responded, "I havent walked the circuit, maybe if i find a golf cart I will go around it"

munish - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 10:41 AM

lotus's rate of development suck.....thats the reason for their downfall in 2nd half of the season. Unless they sort it out..kimi has slim chance in championship

Mojo Jojo

December 05, 2012 11:14 AM

Let's hope Lotus don't lose their focus as they seemed to do in certain parts of this season.

They need to decide on their game plan and stick to it instead of wasting effort on distractions like the aborted "device".

Quali set-up and pit strategies need some work, too. Hopefully the learning curve is over and they can put the lessons into action next year.


December 05, 2012 11:33 AM

I think Kimi maybe a little miffed at having to attend the end of season 'back slapping' and awards ceremony at the end of the year for finishing third, I'd love to see him do an impersonation of Vettel by winning next year

Iceman - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 12:34 PM

Lotus should straight away focus 100% on Raikkonen instead of giving equal importance to there drivers. Strategy should improve massively and Pit stop should improve other than that they really able to handle Kimi pretty well regarding PR activities and less politics.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 1:29 PM

I'm a little bit afraid that Lotus won't be as strong as this year next season. This year they went back to basics followinbg the failed experiment their 2011 car turned out to be. They just made a very clean, well packaged, efficient car and it worked for them in the beginning of the year. Towards the end though or rather from Spa on, the performance dropped off considerably. Kimi's win in Abu Dhabi was great but it was also masquerading the fact that Lotus was the 4th team at the end of the season, they just got lucky that Vettel was at the back, Lewis retired, the Ferraris weren't good that race, Kimi did great and Webber and Button couldn't get it done once again...

Hope they will be good next year but fear they won't be.

sergio - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 1:44 PM

I don't know, in this part of the world Kimi is not so popular. You know, he was born in Finland, he began racing Karting very young, he is descent from upper-media class and other things that you don't see in motorsport. Sadly, Motorsport is a expensive sport even when you started. Yes, he have a push in his youth but i didn't see him with a big sponsor when jumped in to F1 to Sauber. And in F1 it's not enough to be upper-media class, you need a lot's of money or talent. Even more, he is not too good dealing with the media and this could affect his speed in f1 world. Someone says that to be a greater f1 driver in this days you have to be so good managing this commercial issues as to be quick at the track (and good looking too). I don't care less about this stupid things, if he have a personality that i like and his talent in the track is enough for me to have my support. About is future, he have some "serious" disavantages that could affect his wishes. But who is me to defend him? Is

Droog - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 2:53 PM

It seems to me that Lotus (and as Renault in the past) have always fielded a decent car, apart from the huge fail with the forward facing exhausts last year. Remember that yellow and black "hornet" buzzing around the front of the field when Kubica was driving.. And don't forget Fernando's Title.
So they have the infrastructure to get a decent car under Kimi's ass, and based on his performance in 2012, a Driver that can take advantage of it. Now if they would just DUMP BigJohn, and scoop up Kamui, that would be sweet.

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