Räikkönen: Motivation not affected
16 October 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen insists his motivation has not dwindled since signing for Ferrari, the Finn vowing to give Lotus his all until the final round of the campaign in Brazil.
Following persistent financial issues, which resulted in missed salary payments, Räikkönen confirmed last month that he is to return to his former employers and partner Fernando Alonso on a two-year agreement from the 2014 season.
But despite his impending departure from Enstone, Räikkönen has made clear that his mindset remains unchanged, with 2014 not of interest for the time being.
"I think that never changes, it has been the same since the start of the year," he said of his current motivation level. "The fact I'm changing teams doesn't change a thing, I still want to win races this year. I'm not interested in driving around without pushing, I always want to do my best. What happens next year doesn't interest me for now."
Räikkönen went on to explain that his overall enthusiasm for the sport remains strong, despite the media and marketing duties that he has forever disliked.
"I've always said that if I didn't like it I wouldn't come to the next race," he added. "I'm happy to walk away when I feel like it. I have no reason to do something that I am not enjoying. There are lots of things I'm not a big fan of but at least the racing makes up for it. I'm happy with how things are going; hopefully it will be even better in the future."