Lotus relieved to end win drought

By on Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lotus team principal Eric Bouiller expressed his relief at his team eventually winning a Grand Prix.

Lotus had seen wins slip through their grasp in Bahrain and Hungary, before Kimi Raikkonen finally took victory in Abu Dhabi.

"I have one word first of all: Great", said Bouiller.

"Then there are many words such as ‘relief’ and ‘deserved’. It’s obviously a very well deserved result for the team. I’m pleased for Kimi and he did a very good job. We’ve been pushing very hard all season and we’ve nearly had it before".

"There’s a little frustration not to have had a win sooner, and we have been waiting for it, but it’s a fantastic feeling to finally take that victory and a superb reward for the team. It’s great for Formula 1, it’s great for Kimi and it’s great for our team".

It was the first win for the team since the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, held under the regime of Flavio Briatore. Technical director James Allison also expressed his relief.

"When you are as happy as this it is hard to avoid lapsing into cliché", said Allison.

"Despite being tantalisingly close several times this year, we have waited a long time to return to the top step of the podium. It is a massive tribute both to a flawless drive from Kimi and to the tenacity of the entire Enstone team for never having taken their eye off the prize all year. With two races left in the season we go on to Austin with a spring in our step, invigorated to do it all over again and see what we can achieve".

Romain Grosjean retired from the race but added to the feeling of celebration.

"I am very happy for Kimi as it’s the win we were waiting for and it’s an unbelievable result for the whole team", said Grosjean.

"For myself I’m disappointed as I was running pretty well. It was a tight battle with three of us in a row at turn eleven, then Sergio [Perez] went off track at turn thirteen and came back on the inside at turn fourteen leaving me with no room to go anywhere else. Mark [Webber] then came from behind and we touched; it was a big shame. A great day for the team, but an unlucky one for me".

Click here to read Kimi Raikkonen's thoughts on the race

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