Raikkonen to remain at Lotus in 2013

2013 F1 season

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Kimi Raikkonen will continue driving for Lotus in 2013, the team have confirmed.

Raikkonen returned to F1 with the team this year following a two-year absence from competition.

“I think my return to Formula 1 has gone pretty well and the team has done a very good job all year so far,” said Raikkonen.

“To be honest, I didn?t expect to be fighting for the drivers? championship this season when you look at where the team was in 2011, so it has been great to be on the podium so many times and to score points on a regular basis.

“I feel very comfortable with Lotus F1 Team and we share the same philosophy of racing. Continuing with the team was an obvious choice for me and I?m looking forward to making another step forward together next year.”

Team principal Eric Boullier hailed Raikkonen “exceptional comeback”:

“From the first time he sat in the car this year it was clear he had lost none of his pace or technical feedback and we have been rewarded by a focused and motivated driver all season.

“For Lotus F1 Team to be fighting for such strong championship positions this year is in no small part attributed to Kimi?s talent and experience of racing. It was a natural conclusion for us to confirm that we will be harnessing his abilities for next season.”

The announcement was made in a video on the team’s YouTube account on Monday:

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42 comments on Raikkonen to remain at Lotus in 2013

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th October 2012, 20:20

    Wise choice from both sides. Raikkonen has been a pleasure to watch this year. Hopefully they can build on their success, get this DDRS sorted for next year and provide us with a win or two next year.

  2. Raikkonen wants pay-rise = he got it for 2013
    Newey wants freedom design = he got it with RBR
    Vettel wants victories = he got it with Newey
    Alonso wants team-order = he got it with Ferrari
    Everybody happy so let it be..

  3. i think raikkonen is good enough for ferrari or mclaren, his consistency has been brilliant this season, people easily forger he left F1 for 2 seasons, imo kimi wont win races with lotus not this year or the next
    heres to hoping kimi ends up replacing massa at ferrari

  4. Lotus Renault has found a good team with Kimi and Romain, the return to F1 by the Finn iceman is quite exceptional and the fenchie baby driver has proved a lack of maturity but not a lack of grit cum gift
    as F1 amateur and owing beautiful cars, my concern is more about image and brand management really, I am surprise by the collective media silence about Raïkkõnen, it’s fun because he has a lot of fans, I particulatly like his cold attitude although if I were to consult about his career I would improve the PR factor, as for Grosjean I think he is quite good and ahead of future success

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