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.”