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Indian Grand Prix: Boullier to meet with drivers over clash

However Boullier can't say he didn't know what he was getting when he hired Raikkonen - a born racer who will stop at nothing and doesn't care one jot for team orders or office politics if it gets in the way of his racing. And Boullier admitted he understood that and admired it as one of the reasons he's lured the former world champion back from his sabbatical from F1 to join the team at the start of 2012.

"Kimi is a competitor so obviously he is racing everybody and I can understand that," he said. "He is racing everybody and he is racing against his team-mate. It's true that when you are racing in the same conditions, you are racing, and I'm fine with that."

Raikkonen's attitude has certainly been a big factor in turning around the team's fortunes to the point where Lotus is still in with a chance of taking up the runners-up position in the constructors' championship, while Raikkonen himself is the closest challenger to Fernando Alonso for second place in the drivers' standings.

But what events at the end of the Indian GP suggest is that now Raikkonen is counting the hours to his release from Enstone and his flight to Maranello for 2014, where he will ironically be Alonso's new team mate at Ferrari. That's making him increasingly a rogue element on the grid - although that might still be no bad thing for Lotus, at least providing he and Grosjean can stay away from each other on the track for three more races.



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flavio.briathongio

October 28, 2013 11:47 AM

The person Boullier really needs to speak to is that total knobjockey Alan Permane, I cannot recall ever hearing such an unprofessional radio message, it was full of vitriol and disrespect. Had Permane done his job correctly over the race weekend Raikkonen would not have had to do 51 laps on a set of tires and Grosjean would have qualified higher than 17th, Permane is a disgrace and an incompetent.



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