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Lotus boss sets sights on the title

"He's smiling more; all weekend!" said Boullier. "He's definitely starting the season like he finished the season last year so we can expect him to be strong."

But don't worry, the Finn isn't going to mellow too much anytime soon - which should delight fans who cheered as he famously told his race engineer, "Just leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!" during the Abu Dhabi GP last November, adding: "Yes, yes, yes, I'm doing that all the time. You don't have to remind me every 10 seconds!"

Fortunately his victory there had proven his point, although he did buy everyone T-shirts with the quote emblazoned on the front by way of an implied apology for coming over quite so tetchy. He needed have bothered, though: as long as he's in such winning form, the Lotus team wouldn't want to change any thing about him.

"Kimi's Kimi," laughed Boullier. "I don't think there is anybody on earth who can tell Kimi what to do, so I'm not going to start to be honest!"



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Mojo Jojo

March 19, 2013 11:23 AM

To be fair, I was never really a fan of Boullier last year as I felt he did make a few questionable calls with regards to Kimi's race strategies, but this particular race he - and in fact, the whole team redeemed themselves. Perfect strategic call on the two-stopper. And gave Kimi a car to really be confident and comfortable in. Not a fan of Grosjean either, but I hope he does improve and give Lotus the much needed points (which translates to more money and more developmental budget) to help the team move forward in the constructor's standings. Can't wait for Sepang to see if Lotus have indeed got it right this season!

Fernandabulous

March 20, 2013 8:35 AM

The team 'still' tend to supply Kimi with relatively average pit-stops though, but the car looked impressive, especially managing to dispatch Hamilton's Mercededs very early before DRS was enabled, and I think they got a slice of luck when Maldonado fell off the road after Alonso and (I think) Sutil got ahead of the Williams. Only one race down it will be a good test of the teams level of competitveness in whatever conditions Sepang this weekend. Im almost certain though that if Kimi gets the tools he will give the team a chance.



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