Formula One News » F1 2013 – Lotus sure Kimi Raikkonen will stay Posted on 09/05/2013
Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez feels Kimi Raikkonen will remain with the team as long as they can give him a car to challenge and win world titles, despite the departure of technical director James Allison.
Speaking to autosport he said “Kimi is a fantastic guy, the thing about Kimi is that he is very thankful we brought him back to where he is.
“And we are very thankful that he has brought the team to where it is now. So it fits nicely.
“To be honest with you, I am convinced, and I don’t say this lightly, that if Kimi gets what he wants from us in terms of performance and so on, we will see Kimi moving forward with us.
“He knows that; and he says that. He is not going to get what he gets with us here anywhere else. It doesn’t matter if the team has a blue car, a red car or a silver car.
“But this is also racing. So we have to make sure that he has a good competitive car. He has got one. As long as we can give that he will be with us.”
“We must have had 11 choices [for 2012] – and I can tell you from the outside it was by far not the most obvious one. But to us, it was,”
“Honestly there is a lot of pride in this team that we made that choice because we were 100 per cent convinced. It is one of those things where you look at people and say, ‘I told you so’.
“We were absolutely convinced that he had what he takes. I dealt with him, talked to him and knew what I was going to get myself in to.
“I knew I wasn’t getting someone who was going to shoot a commercial every week or whatever. That is not what we want. But a dedicated racer? That was a given.”