Räikkönen plays down Allison departure
9 May 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen has played down the impact of James Allison’s decision to tender his resignation as the outfit’s Technical Director, arguing that there is enough strength in depth among staff members to cope with the loss.
Allison’s departure was announced by the outfit on Wednesday, with long-time Lotus employee Nick Chester being appointed as his replacement. While the acclaimed engineer’s exit is a blow for the team, Räikkönen is not expecting a plummet in form.
"For me it doesn't really make a difference," said Räikkönen, who currently sits second to Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' standings. "I cannot tell if it will make a difference in one week, one year, or if it will make no difference at all. It's not like it suddenly happened. People have discussed it and the team will have known it was coming for a while. I think there are a lot of strong people and we should be fine."
Räikkönen added that Allison’s exit has not led him to analyse his future at Lotus any further, with the Finn no closer to deciding where he will be racing next season.
"My decision will be based purely on what I think is best for me overall," he said. "I have no idea what will happen and I'm not putting much thought into it right now because we have only done four races and we have a long season to go. It's a long time until next year. Everybody talks about it all the time, but I'm not in any hurry."
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