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Lotus jubilant after Raikkonen triumph

Lotus had threatened to win its first Grand Prix early in 2012, but as the season wore on it seemed that the opportunity had escaped them - until they raced into the night in Abu Dhabi.
At the start of the season it seemed that a Grand Prix win was just a matter of time for Lotus now that their effort was being spearheaded by Kimi Raikkonen. Then as the weeks went on, it started to feel that the moment might never come at all.

A decent qualifying and a strong start off the grid for Raikkonen put him into second place in the 2012 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but when the Finn was unable to exploit an opening that presented itself on lap 2 when race leader Lewis Hamilton went wide, it seemed that Yas Marina was going to be just the latest of 'near misses' for the team.

And then the McLaren died a sudden death on lap 19, and Raikkonen was in front with a serious shot of claiming the team's maiden Grand Prix win: all he had to do was stay out of trouble in one of the most eventful, incident-prone races of the year. No mean feat, but he pulled it off all the same.

"You never know what's going to happen during the race - the safety cars made it quite tricky," admitted Raikkonen. "Today we had a clear circuit to be able to use our speed. Perhaps we were not the fastest at the end, but we were quick enough and consistent enough to win.

"It's great for the team," he added. "We"ve had some difficult races in the second half of the season so it"s fantastic to come back with a win."

Team principal Eric Boullier was still recovering from the nerve-wracking final laps of the race: "I have one word first of all: 'great.' Then there are many words such as 'relief' and 'deserved'!" he said.

"We've been pushing very hard all season and we've nearly had it before," he continued. "There's a little frustration not to have had a win sooner, and we have been waiting for it, but it's a fantastic feeling to finally take that victory and a superb reward for the team.

"It's great for F1, it"s great for Kimi and it"s great for our team," he added. "I'm pleased for Kimi and he did a very good job."

"When you are as happy as this it is hard to avoid lapsing into cliché!" contributed the team's technical director James Allison. "It is a massive tribute both to a flawless drive from Kimi and to the tenacity of the entire Enstone team for never having taken their eye off the prize all year."





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napiaT - Unregistered

November 04, 2012 6:38 PM

In the beginning of the season Grosjean gave an impression of a fast driver, I was thinking Kimi may be even slower. But now, look who has laurels and is on third spot of WC.



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