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Boullier: Lotus clearly benefitted from Raikkonen, Grosjean pairing

Despite the delay in re-signing Romain Grosjean to partner Kimi Raikkonen in 2013, Lotus boss Eric Boullier believes that the team is better for having an unchanged pairing.
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier echoed everyone around him at the team's 2013 launch on Monday by claiming that that winning was the only goal for the new season, but added that its strong driver was a key factor in that ambition.

While retaining Kimi Raikkonen was something of a no-brainer for the Enstone squad after his strong return to the top flight netted a win amongst seven podium finish, there was more deliberation over whether Romain Grosjean deserved a place in the line-up after a mercurial campaign that deliver blinding speed and a combination of good finishes and first lap accidents.

In the end, the Frenchman was confirmed alongside Raikkonen for a second term, and Boullier insists that his inclusion will only help serve the team well.

“We know that both drivers work well together and their skills and talents complement each other,” he reasoned, “Kimi has such a wide range of experience and knows how to react to any situation or circumstance. He's also a superb resource technically, [while] Romain has superb raw speed which we are confident will be harnessed in a more effective manner during races in 2013.

“Both are competitive individuals - as racing drivers are - and this pushes each one of them, and the team, to better things. It was clear how much we benefitted from having two very talented drivers in 2012 and I can only see this getting even better in 2013.”

'Getting better in 2013', of course, means improving on the positions occupied at the end of 2012, where Raikkonen finished third in the individual standings behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, and Lotus filled fourth spot in the teams' ranking.

“We want to do better than we did last year,” Boullier agreed, “2012 was a good season for us - certainly in the context of the previous season - but we, like every team in this highly competitive sport, want to win. We want to make regular appearances on the podium, and add to our tally of appearances on the top step.”

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22.04.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 2nd position and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 3rd position with Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team
10.06.2012- Race, Celebration, Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team and 2nd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
10.05.2012- Helmets of Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
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