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Raikkonen confirmed for Lotus for 2013

by Team Zigwheels Photos: DPPI Posted on 29 Oct 2012 549 Views

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Kimi Raikkonen will remain with Lotus next season after extending his contract with the team for a further season

 

Kimi Raikkonen extends stay at Lotus F1

 

 

Raikkonen returned to Formula One at the start of this season with Lotus and didn't take long to get up to speed despite being away from the sport since parting ways with Ferrari in 2009. It took just four grands prix for Raikkonen to reach the podium and with three to go the Finn is still mathematically in the hunt for the Drivers' Championship title. As a result of their success, Raikkonen and Lotus, who had an option the 33-year-old for next season, have opted to continue their partnership.

 

“I think my return to Formula 1 has gone pretty well and the team has done a very good job all year so far,” said Raikkonen.

 

“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.

 

“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.”

 

The announcement was made in a video on the team’s YouTube account.

 

 

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