Raikkonen: Staying with Lotus obvious

By on Monday, October 29, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has said that remaining with Lotus for the 2013 season was an obvious choice.

The Finn was confirmed for 2013 by the team on Monday morning.

"I think my return to Formula 1 has gone pretty well and the team has done a very good job all year so far. To be honest, I didn’t expect to be fighting for the Drivers’ Championship this season when you look at where the team was in 2011, so it has been great to be on the podium so many times and to score points on a regular basis", he said.

"I feel very comfortable with Lotus F1 Team and we share the same philosophy of racing. Continuing with the team was an obvious choice for me and I’m looking forward to making another step forward together next year".

Team principal Eric Bouiller added that he has been pleased with Raikkonen's performance in 2012.

"Kimi has made an exceptional comeback to Formula 1. From the first time he sat in the car this year it was clear he had lost none of his pace or technical feedback and we have been rewarded by a focused and motivated driver all season", he said.

"For Lotus F1 Team to be fighting for such strong championship positions this year is in no small part attributed to Kimi’s talent and experience of racing. It was a natural conclusion for us to confirm that we will be harnessing his abilities for next season".

Lotus has yet to announce who will race alongside Raikkonen, although current driver Romain Grosjean is highly likely to be retained.

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