Räikkönen: Continuing with Lotus an obvious choice

Räikkönen: Continuing with Lotus an obvious choice

29 October 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen claims he did not have to question his motives for staying at Lotus for the 2013 Formula 1 season. In his comeback year, the 2007 World Champion is yet to win a race but lies third in the championship by virtue of his consistency. Between Australia and India, he has failed to score on only one occasion.

On Monday, Lotus released a video confirming that the Finn will stay put next year. However, in November, the Enstone outfit formerly known as Renault had already announced a two-year deal with the ex Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari driver.

“I think my return to Formula 1 has gone pretty well and the team has done a very good job all year so far,” he says. “To be honest, I didn’t expect to be fighting for the championship this season when you look at where the team was in 2011, so it’s been great to be on the podium so many times and to score points on a regular basis.

“I feel very comfortable with Lotus 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, who took up that role with the team in 2010, has hailed his lead driver’s return after a two-year F1 sabbatical.

“Kimi has made an exceptional comeback to Formula 1,” Boullier comments. “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 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.”

Räikkönen is the only driver to complete every racing lap so far this year and only failed to score in China because of an error with tyre strategy. Six times on the podium, he has finished in the top five on no less than ten occasions.


Confirmation video:
Räikkönen remains with Lotus for 2013

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Saturday 25 March 2017

  2. MotoGP cancels qualifying, pole for Viñales 17:23

    MotoGP cancels qualifying, pole for Viñales

    MotoGP has cancelled all of Saturday's action for the floodlit Qatar Grand Prix due to inclement weather conditions at Losail…

    MotoGP
  3. Rossi: Corner entry weakness hurting pace 14:22

    Rossi: Corner entry weakness hurting pace

    Yamaha's Valentino Rossi says he is still suffering from a lack of speed on corner entry after scraping through to Q2 at the…

    MotoGP
  4. Giovinazzi thought F1 call-up was a joke 13:02

    Giovinazzi thought F1 call-up was a joke

    Formula 1 debutant Antonio Giovianzzi says he thought he was being tricked when he received the news that he would be competing…

    F1
  5. Bratches: No shortage of aspiring F1 hosts 12:46

    Bratches: No shortage of aspiring F1 hosts

    New Formula 1 commercial chief Sean Bratches says that he has received a substantial number of enquiries from venues keen to…

    F1
  6. Williams referred to stewards over gearbox 12:31

    Williams referred to stewards over gearbox

    Williams has been referred to the Australian Grand Prix stewards after failing to notify the FIA of its intention to replace the…

    F1
  7. 11:22

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Melbourne

    F1
  8. Magnussen rues 'messed up' qualifying runs 11:20

    Magnussen rues 'messed up' qualifying runs

    Haas' Kevin Magnussen admitted he "messed up" his qualifying runs through overdriving as he was knocked out of Q1 at the…

    F1
  9. Ocon eyes first points from 14th place 10:12

    Ocon eyes first points from 14th place

    Esteban Ocon is optimistic that he can make amends for a mistake on his final flying lap in Q2 to compete for points on his…

    F1
  10. Sainz Jr. relieved after Q1, Q2 struggles 10:00

    Sainz Jr. relieved after Q1, Q2 struggles

    Carlos Sainz Jr. says he was relieved to take eighth on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix after struggling with the balance…

    F1
  11. Pérez escapes with reprimand for violation 09:08

    Pérez escapes with reprimand for violation

    Force India's Sergio Pérez has escaped with a reprimand after the stewards deemed that he breached the regulations during…

    F1
  12. Pérez summoned over alleged rule breach 08:43

    Pérez summoned over alleged rule breach

    Sergio Pérez has been summoned by the Australian Grand Prix stewards over an alleged rule breach during Saturday's qualifying…

    F1
  13. Grosjean: Best of rest 'awesome' for Haas 08:29

    Grosjean: Best of rest 'awesome' for Haas

    Romain Grosjean labelled Haas' Australian Grand Prix qualifying result as "awesome" after it finished as the best of the rest…

    F1
  14. Palmer labels Renault car a 'disaster' 08:13

    Palmer labels Renault car a 'disaster'

    Renault driver Jolyon Palmer labelled his car as "awful" and a "disaster" as he finished as the slowest competitor during…

    F1
  15. Ricciardo 'caught by surprise' in Q3 crash 08:07

    Ricciardo 'caught by surprise' in Q3 crash

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says he was "caught by surprise" as he crashed out of qualifying for his home race at the…

    F1
  16. Vettel: Mistakes didn't cost Ferrari pole 07:58

    Vettel: Mistakes didn't cost Ferrari pole

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel described himself as "not entirely happy" with his final Q3 effort but does not believe a couple of…

    F1
  17. Hamilton expects 'tight' race from pole 07:45

    Hamilton expects 'tight' race from pole

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he expects a "tight race" at the Australian Grand Prix after he opened the season with the…

    F1
  18. 07:17

    Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying results

    F1
  19. Hamilton takes pole, Vettel splits Mercedes 07:13

    Hamilton takes pole, Vettel splits Mercedes

    Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari…

    F1
  20. Stroll 'staying calm' despite Q1 exit 06:51

    Stroll 'staying calm' despite Q1 exit

    Williams rookie Lance Stroll insists he will "stay calm" despite enduring a difficult Saturday as he prepares for his Formula 1…

    F1
  21. 05:45

    Follow qualifying for the Australian GP!

    F1
  22. Whiting expects T-wing ban for 2018 04:42

    Whiting expects T-wing ban for 2018

    Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting reckons there is a "strong chance" that the T-wing will be outlawed from the sport's…

    F1
  23. Stroll to get five-place grid drop on debut 04:30

    Stroll to get five-place grid drop on debut

    Lance Stroll will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Australian Grand Prix, with Williams mechanics forced to change…

    F1
  24. 04:05

    Australian Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  25. Vettel puts Ferrari on top in final practice 04:03

    Vettel puts Ferrari on top in final practice

    Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top during final practice for the Australian Grand Prix, going half a second quicker than…

    F1
  26. 02:48

    Follow final practice for the Australian GP!

    F1
  27. Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017! 02:31

    Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017!

    Have you ever dreamed of owning a Formula 1 team with your ideal driver pairing and engine? GPUpdate.net readers can now sign up…

    F1
  28. 02:22

    Archive: Giovinazzi on ending Italy's drought

    F1
  29. Giovinazzi to replace Wehrlein in Australia 02:18

    Giovinazzi to replace Wehrlein in Australia

    Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has been withdrawn from this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, amid concerns over…

    F1
  30. Video of the Day: Mick on the road - Part 1 01:02

    Video of the Day: Mick on the road - Part 1

    Mick Schumacher stars in a car-com series with Mercedes-Benz as he learns to drive on the road...

    Misc
  31. Friday 24 March 2017

  32. 20:31

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Losail

    MotoGP
  33. 19:08

    Qatar Grand Prix: Full third practice results

    MotoGP
  34. Viñales edges Iannone in third Qatar session 19:06

    Viñales edges Iannone in third Qatar session

    Yamaha's Maverick Viñales returned to the front of the pack during the third practice session for the Qatar Grand Prix at…

    MotoGP
  35. Video: Rosberg discusses 2017, retirement 17:56

    Video: Rosberg discusses 2017, retirement

    Reigning World Champion Nico Rosberg looks ahead to the 2017 Formula 1 season and discusses his feelings in the wake of his…

    F1
  36. 16:12

    Qatar Grand Prix: Full second practice results

    MotoGP
  37. Redding quickest for Pramac in Qatar FP2 16:00

    Redding quickest for Pramac in Qatar FP2

    Pramac rider Scott Redding clocked the quickest time during the second practice session for the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail on…

    MotoGP
  38. Brown: Progress in 2017 will be 'gradual' 14:06

    Brown: Progress in 2017 will be 'gradual'

    McLaren-Honda Executive Director Zak Brown says the partnership's progress in 2017 will be "gradual", rather than expecting to…

    F1
  39. 11:02

    Latest F1 photos: Friday in Melbourne

    F1
  40. McLaren-Honda lifted by improved reliability 11:01

    McLaren-Honda lifted by improved reliability

    Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the manufacturer was lifted by its improved reliability during practice for the Australian…

    F1
  41. Sainz Jr. stresses Toro Rosso cannot relax 10:14

    Sainz Jr. stresses Toro Rosso cannot relax

    Carlos Sainz Jr. has stressed that Toro Rosso cannot afford to relax, following an encouraging day for the team during practice…

    F1
  42. Wolff: Hamilton 'in a league of his own' 09:40

    Wolff: Hamilton 'in a league of his own'

    Mercedes chief Toto Wolff described Lewis Hamilton as being "in a league of his own" at the Australian Grand Prix after the…

    F1
more news