Formula One News » Lotus downplay title talk after Raikkonen wins in Australia Posted on 18/03/2013
Kimi Raikkonen and lotus,who caused a surprise after winning the Australian grand prix from 7th on the grid and pitting only twice, have played down talks of winning the 2013 f1 championship.
“The only thing that I am focusing on is that we have clearly stated we want to be a top team.
“Starting the season like this means we will fight with everything for the championship, but it is too early to say anything other than Lotus is a top team now.
“And if every year we are putting ourselves in a situation where we can compete for wins, then you can build up from the nice momentum to maybe be champion again.”
“Last year already at the beginning of the season there were a couple of times we caught up with the leaders near the end of the race as we had a different strategy or were better on the tyres,” Eric Boullier said.
“We worked very hard to make sure we kept those strengths of last year’s car and improve obviously the weaknesses.
“It is true with the 2013 tyres that it looks like they degrade a bit more, so it has put us in a different situation.”