Boullier: Raikkonen wants to keep racing for Lotus

By on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kimi-Raikkonen-Belgian-GP-2013Kimi Raikkonen would like to keep racing for Lotus in 2014, according to his team principal Eric Boullier.

Raikkonen, 33, has raced for Lotus since the start of 2012 but his contract expires at the end of this season.

But Boullier believes that Raikkonen wants to prolong his stay with the Enstone based team into a third year.

"It’s clear that Kimi likes racing for us and would like to continue, which is a testament to all the hard work put in by everyone at Enstone," Boullier said ahead of next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

"From our perspective, we can see what a complete driver he is and how much he brings to the team in many different areas. Kimi wants to be assured that we have everything in place to tackle the significant changes we will see in the sport next year."

"We’re working hard to assure him that Lotus F1 Team is where he should be and piece by piece we are getting all our ducks in a row."

Boullier also reckons that Lotus's poor form in Belgium was a one-off and is anticipating a stronger performance at Monza.

"I don't think so, as Spa is a very specific track and none of the remaining circuits have the same characteristics," Boullier said when asked if their lack of pace in Belgium was a worry for the rest of 2013.

"For this season it is not a concern, but certainly for next year’s car we need to understand more why we have struggled at Spa relative to our pace elsewhere as we experienced something similar last season too. Looking to the next eight races, we have quite a few interesting developments still in the pipeline and we’re focused on achieving the best results we can."

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