Failing to improve on last year’s fourth place in the constructors’ championship was only the beginning of Lotus’s disappointments in 2013 as they lost Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari.
Heikki Kovalainen will make his first F1 start in almost 12 months as a substitute for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus this weekend.
Kimi Raikkonen will not participate in the final two rounds of the 2013 season, his management team have confirmed.
Kimi Raikkonen said starting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 22nd on the grid rather than the pit lane was the right thing to do despite retiring after a collision at turn one.
Lotus say a broken part was to blame for Kimi Raikkonen’s car failing a post-qualifying inspection which caused him to be sent to the back of the grid.
Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his Lotus failed a floor deflection test.
Kimi Raikkonen says he’s pleased to have switched back to the short wheelbase version of the Lotus as it suits his driving style better.
Kimi Raikkonen has warned Lotus the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last drive for them if they do not pay him his outstanding wages.
Lotus reverted to the short wheelbase chassis which they started the season with for Kimi Raikkonen in today’s practice sessions at his request.
Felipe Massa is concerned more are more teams are requiring drivers to bring budgets to race for them.
Kimi Raikkonen said his one-stop strategy in the Indian Grand Prix was worth a try even though he fell from second to seventh at the end of the race when his tyres went off.
Lotus say a heated radio exchange involving Kimi Raikkonen during yesterday’s race was “not appropriate” and apologised for it.
Romain Grosjean said he didn’t believe he had any chance of finishing on the podium after starting 17th on the grid for today’s Indian Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen says that although Lotus have made improvements to the E21 over recent races, the car is still not yet fully to his liking.
Lotus said they allowed Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to race for position during the Korean Grand Prix and did not impose team orders.
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says a frustrated Romain Grosjean learned an important lesson after losing second place to Kimi Raikkonen in today’s race.
Kimi Raikkonen says he made a mistake on his Q3 lap which left him tenth in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen says he intend to compete in tomorrow’s race despite his qualifying effort being hampered by back pains.
Fernando Alonso says he advised Ferrari to hire Kimi Raikkonen after they decided not to retain Felipe Massa for 2014.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo denied Fernando Alonso is unhappy Kimi Raikkonen will join him at the team next year.