Räikkönen 'happy' with yearly contracts
1 November 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen insists he is more than pleased to review his F1 situation with Lotus on a year-by-year basis. Although he and the team signed a two-season deal which was announced last year, the outfit recently re-confirmed their driver for the 2013 campaign.
“I’m happy to do it like this and see what happens year-by-year,” the Finn explained to the press who gathered at Yas Marina on Thursday. “It just makes life easier for us…why should I sign long-term contracts? It’s just more of a problem, if you want to do something else.”
He went on to express that he ‘enjoys’ the atmosphere and staff at the Enstone-based team formerly known as Benetton and Renault, but admits his disappoint over their fading title challenge over the course of recent Grands Prix.
“I really thought we had the speed in the car but we changed it and now we don’t have the qualifying pace,” he continued. “However, we’re one of the fastest cars in races.”
Holding a 67-point deficit with three races left in 2012, Räikkönen would need to score 90 percent of the remaining points to be able to pick up a second world title.