F1 » Lopez happy to silence Raikkonen doubters


Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez is happy with the contribution Kimi Raikkonen has made to the Enstone squad's revival, insisting that he always wanted 'drivers, not robots' in his cars.

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Yak - Unregistered

January 09, 2013 1:15 AM

Third in the WDC for a guy who's been out of the sport for a couple of years, returning to drive in a team who were certainly competitive but not the best car out there... pretty good result IMO. Sure others had some problems and the points aren't a perfect indicator. But you only have to watch him on track to see the his racing abilities. His battles with Schumi at Spa, I think Button and Hulkenberg at Austin, Perez at Monza, etc. He's one of the guys out there who whether he's overtaking or being overtaken, can put up a skilled and clean fight. And his mid-race pace at Hungary, late Catalunya, etc. show the speed he can whip out.

Jb21 - Unregistered

January 09, 2013 2:30 AM

There are engineers who worked with Senna at Mclaren who rate Kimi higher than THE man. Also, it was said that Ferrari had to recaribrate their expectations of what the car can do, especially in the high speed stuff, when Kimi tested for them. And I haven't seen any F1 drive falling off of a boat dead drunk, or something like that since James Hunt. Kimi wins me all over, man.

startwush - Unregistered

January 09, 2013 7:50 AM

Remember during 2012 barcelona winter testing, kimi warned the team about something wrong with the car in jerez, but the team ignore and it turns out to be awful =P Kimi did the same in Brazil Fp1, claiming something wrong with the engine, the team claim the telemetry showed nth wrong, and change the electronic device instead. It turns out the engine blown up itself during Fp3......... @@!!

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