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Raikkonen enjoying Lotus spell

Kimi Raikkonen aims to go for the 2013 F1 title with Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen says he has enjoyed making his return to F1 with the Lotus team this season, insisting that the Enstone-based squad is surrounded by fewer politics than some of his former teams.

The Finn made his return to the sport with the team this season after two years away, winning in Abu Dhabi en-route to an impressive third place in the championship standings

Raikkonen only failed to score once all season as he emerged as a surprise championship contender and he admitted that the fact he felt at home so quickly within the team had been a key factor in his success on track.

"I always said that this is a bit of a different team to the others that I raced for before," he was quoted by ESPN. "It's all about racing and less about politics and I think that's a good thing for the whole team."

The Finn will aim to try and improve on his third place and again fight for the title in 2013, and he admitted that he was hoping for more now he had had the opportunity to better integrate himself into the Lotus squad.

"It's been okay [this year], but then for sure you want to do it even better," he said. "When you start doing a few good results you expect to do even better, but it's not been easy and we've been quite consistent - not strong always - but we've been consistent and that kept us in the championship for a long time and brought us many points.

"But we know if we started the year stronger then we could probably still be in the championship [at the final race]. Hopefully we can build it up next year and I know the team next year so it should be a bit more easy to start strong next season.

"I know the business itself of Formula One, but it's just being with a new team and finding what you want from the car and it should be a bit more easy next year. There are a lot things that can change and we have to build first a good car to be able to fight for the title.”



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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
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15.11.2012 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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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"



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