Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013

No team orders at Lotus in Korea, says Boullier

2013 Korean Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013Lotus said they allowed Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to race for position during the Korean Grand Prix and did not impose team orders.

Team principal Eric Boullier said Grosjean wanted the team to instruct Raikkonen to let him past after being passed by his team mate on lap 38.

Several radio messages between Grosjean, race engineer Ayao Komatsu and Boullier were played during the race.

“You have to remember that the television feed only takes certain edits from radio transmissions between the driver and the pit wall,” said Boullier.

“We had Romain asking for Kimi to let him by as he felt he was faster, but we wanted to leave the drivers to determine their positions by racing on track which is why we were telling Romain to race Kimi.

“As we know, Kimi doesn?t want to talk too much to the pit wall and doesn?t need words of encouragement; he knows what he?s doing and we saw that once more in Korea.”

Boullier eventually told Grosjean on the radio to “keep racing like it is”.

The team has previously ordered Grosjean to let Raikkonen past at Silverstone and the Nurburgring this year. “The team?s philosophy is always to let us race unless we?re on very different strategies where one driver could hold up the other,” said Grosjean, “and this is the right approach”.

“Obviously we?re both competitive, but our racing has always been fair. I made a mistake in Korea which is why he got past, but this is not something I want to happen again.”

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