Boullier: Raikkonen deserves 10 out of 10

By on Friday, August 2, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says Kimi Raikkonen deserves 10 out of 10 for the first half of 2013.

Raikkonen is currently in second place in the championship, having claimed a win and a further five podiums.

"I would have to give Kimi 10 out of 10," said Boullier.

"He’s done a terrific job right from the beginning of the season and his remarkable run of twenty-seven consecutive points finishes speaks for itself. No matter what happens he’s always there, as we saw in the final few laps at Monaco. He is playing a big part in pushing the team forwards, and of course having such a popular character in the seat has its advantages too."

Boullier conceded that Grosjean - who sits in eighth place in the championship with two podiums - has had a more challenging season, but is adamant that his compatriot can be a title contender in the future.

"For Romain it was a more difficult start to the year coming off the back of a tough season in 2012, and it maybe took him a little while to settle down and start performing to the best of his ability," he said.

"With that in mind, it gives me great pleasure to see him learn from those experiences and to really start delivering the kind of results we’ve always known he is capable of. In Germany and Hungary he really put together the complete package over two consecutive weekends, and this should now be his baseline. He knows that if he wants to be winning races and fighting for championships then he must deliver this kind of quality drive at every Grand Prix. If he can keep up this level, Romain can be a future contender for titles, I’m sure of it."

Lotus currently sit in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship, five points behind Ferrari and 19 behind Mercedes.

Lotus went into the season with the aim of finishing third in the championship. Boullier reckons his team can go one place better.

"The championship is so close between ourselves, Ferrari and Mercedes at the moment that we really need to be aiming a little higher to make sure our goals are reached, "he added.

"I think therefore that to target P2 is a better ambition, and we will be pushing harder than ever to sustain that challenge. We have an ambitious group of people at Enstone and a top three placing at the end of the year is much possible, which would be a fantastic achievement for everybody involved. We head into the next nine races on a real high."

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