2013 F1 season
Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus have the potential to be championship contenders in his second season with the team.
“Yes, I think they do,” he said at the launch of the team’s new car. “It’s clear from working with them that they are racers, and you can see in their history that they’ve won championships.”
“Nothing I saw last year made me think that another championship was impossible in the future. Of course, there is some pretty tough competition out there and everyone wants to win. The team have beaten everyone before and there’s nothing to say they can’t do it again.”
Raikkonen said that having continuity from the previous season will help – at least to begin with: “It’s not a massive thing which will suddenly mean you start winning all the races, but it’s nice to be at the same team as you understand how they work, and they understand how you work.
“We quickly developed a pretty good way of working together last year and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue this season.”
His original deal with the team expires at the end of this year and Raikkonen is open to continuing in 2014:
“I’m not really thinking beyond this season at the moment, but I’m sure there will be talk before the end of the year.
“I enjoyed my comeback to Formula 1 last year and there’s no reason to say I shouldn’t enjoy the 2013 season too. I know there will be big changes to the cars and regulations for 2014, so who’s to say that won’t be exciting.”
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