Raikkonen hints at contract extension

By on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lotus F1 Team 2013 LaunchLotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has suggested that he will stay in the sport beyond the end of 2013.

Raikkonen returned to F1 at the start of 2012 and his contract with Lotus expires at the end of this season.

Although the Finn says he is not thinking about the future as this moment, Raikkonen hinted that he is intrigued by the regulation changes in 2014.

"I’m not really thinking beyond this season at the moment, but I’m sure there will be talk before the end of the year," he said.

"I enjoyed my comeback to Formula 1 last year and there’s no reason to say I shouldn’t enjoy the 2013 season too. I know there will be big changes to the cars and regulations for 2014, so who’s to say that won’t be exciting."

Raikkonen also believes that his team is capable of winning the championship.

"Yes, I think they do. It’s clear from working with them that they are racers, and you can see in their history that they’ve won championships," he said.

"Nothing I saw last year made me think that another championship was impossible in the future. Of course, there is some pretty tough competition out there and everyone wants to win. The team have beaten everyone before and there’s nothing to say they can’t do it again."


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