Kimi Raikkonen has finally announced, to little surprise, that he will be staying at the Lotus for the 2013 season. There was much speculation that the 2007 World Champion would be moving to Ferrari, the team that he won his championship with. But these talkings were quashed when Felipe Massa, Raikkonen’s former team-mate, signed a new contract for next year after his good run of form.
The Finn has had a very successful comeback this year, currently standing 3rd in the championship, despite actually winning a race!
The ‘Iceman’ had this t say – “I think my return to Formula One 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. 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 boss Eric Boullier has already confirmed that Romain Grosjean will partner him next season.