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The Iceman’s return was the talking point of the pre-season, but he still needed Lotus to bounce back from its poor second half showing in 2012 if he was to recapture former glories. While the E20 was only randomly a match for McLaren and Red Bull, Raikkonen somehow kept himself in touch with the frontrunners until Abu Dhabi where, ironically, he finally claimed the team’s only victory of the season. Prior to that, the Finn had racked up six podiums and looked set to become the only driver to complete every lap of the 20 races until an Interlagos detour ended in a locked gate. As deadpan as ever, Raikkonen also kept audiences amused with his radio conversations and press conference appearances, and should be a contender for honours in 2013 if his team can keep pace with developments.