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Lotus are pushing their car’s development later into 2012, learning from what they believe were errors in previous seasons. Furthermore, Technical Director James Allison is fully confident that Kimi Räikkönen can still claim a second world title.
The team formerly known as Toleman, Benetton and Renault has won the Constructors’ Championship on three occasions, as well as picking up drivers’ honours with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso four times in total. Although Räikkönen is yet to win a race this year, he has finished on the podium five times and sits just eight points behind Mark Webber in the pack which chases Fernando Alonso for the lead.
“Why not?” Allison told Sky Sports News when asked if the 2007 World Champion can still collect the crown in his comeback year. “There are an awful lot of points for coming first and an awful lot of races left. The lead is miniscule compared to the points available.
“One of the things that our team has got wrong in the last couple of seasons is that we have been too keen to switch over to the new car a little bit too soon, so we started this year consciously with the aim of developing this one a bit longer.”
Since Alonso’s last title win of six years ago, Enstone’s best championship finishing position for a driver is fifth, when the Spaniard had rejoined in 2008.
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