Kimi Raikkonen says he is happy with Lotus despite speculation that he could be a target for two of his former teams for the 2013 season.
The Finn has enjoyed a fine season on his return to F1 and, despite failing to win so far, has put himself firmly into contention for the championship title – with six podium finishes helping him to third in the standings heading into Singapore this weekend.
Those results have led to some suggestion that Raikkonen could be a target for either McLaren
if they had a vacancy for next year, with the futures of both Lewis Hamilton
and Felipe Massa
very much up in the air.
However Raikkonen insists he is currently happy where he is having impressed many with his performances for Lotus, where he has only failed to score once so far in 2012.
"I have a good relationship with the team...people are pushing 100 percent and they are real racing people not so much politics, they want to do well in the races and that is a good starting point," he told Reuters
. "I enjoy working with the people, very nice and I'm happy here but you never know what happens in the future. [However] right now I'm happy with what's going on.”
Raikkonen insisted that his championship challenge had been born out of the fact that he has managed to avoid any big mistakes during the season so far and he said he was keen to ensure that his strong run continued in Singapore on a circuit where he expected a tough challenge.
"Winning is the easiest way to achieve the championship, but unfortunately I haven't been able to win this year but we have been putting ourselves close to there, giving us a chance at least,” he said. “We haven't made any big mistakes.
"[Singapore] is quite hot and humid and of course a bit different with the evening race than normal, it is a challenging circuit but hopefully we can do well. It's a street circuit so it always makes it a little bit more tricky when you try to get the best out, if you make a little mistake, there is a big chance to hit the wall, in a normal circuit you have some run off areas."