Räikkönen staying realistic after ending win draught

Räikkönen staying realistic after ending win draught

4 November 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen’s victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the 19th of his F1 career, the first since Spa 2009 and the first for Enstone-based Lotus since Fuji 2008. Making it clear that he will enjoy a party on Sunday night, the Finn is also remaining realistic.

“It’s been a hard season for the team, so I hope this can turn the tables and that we can win again like this next year,” he said at Yas Marina. “I’m sure we’ll have a good party tonight and then tomorrow, when we’re all feeling bad after the celebration, remember how we felt now! We have been close a few times this year but now we have done it.

“I am mainly happy for the team; hopefully this will give them a bit of relief, both for the guys working so hard and the guys who own it (Genii Capital). But there is nothing to jump around about…we still have a few races to go.”

Räikkönen pointed out that the start to this evening’s twilight race was critical, as the 2007 World Champion shot through from fourth on the grid to second. He inherited the lead when Lewis Hamilton retired and fended off a charging Fernando Alonso in the closing stages.

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