Boullier: Raikkonen completely on side

By on Friday, November 8, 2013

Kimi-Raikkonen-and-Mark-SladeLotus team principal Eric Boullier says that Kimi Raikkonen is 'on side' after talks across the weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Raikkonen came close to not racing at the Yas Marina Circuit but Boullier says that the Finn is on side with two races remaining in 2013, prior to Raikkonen's departure to Ferrari.

"He is completely on side. We all spoke in Abu Dhabi to make sure we know where we’re going –and how we’re getting there – for the final races of the year," said Boullier. "Our focus is first on a good performance in Austin, and then the focus becomes getting a good result in Brazil."

Raikkonen will continue to use the short wheelbase E21 in Austin next weekend, while team-mate Romain Grosjean will use the longer wheelbase. Boullier insists that Lotus can run both versions of the car without problems.

"It’s a matter of setup and getting the car exactly as the driver wants it. Romain prefers and gets more out of the longer wheelbase, while Kimi prefers and gets more out of the shorter wheelbase."

"We are able to run with both configurations without issue so this is what we’re doing. If either driver wants to change configuration again then of course we can do this, but it’s not a quick job."

Boullier added that Lotus remains in the hunt for second in the constructors' championship, but that third place is a more attainable goal.

Lotus currently occupy fourth place in the championship with 297 points, 26 behind Ferrari and 37 in arrears of Mercedes.

"There are two races left and 86 points available, so mathematically it’s still possible and we’re not going to stop pushing in any regard," he said.

"Of course, to score maximum points you need to occupy the top steps of the podium and there’s a Red Bull plus Sebastian Vettel shaped problem there."

"Certainly for us, it would be good if Seb took an early winter holiday! Looking at the standings and how the teams have been scoring in the last few races, you would have to say that third certainly looks to be a little more within reach, but our approach is the same; to keep pushing all the way."

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