Lotus F1 Team will this week kick off their attempt to keep Kimi Raikkonen with them for 2014.
The Finn has been named as one of Red Bull’s three possible replacements for Mark Webber who leaves the sport at the end of the season. With all the talk surrounding Kimi, instead of the Toro Rosso duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Lotus are acting to try to keep the 2007 World Champion with them.
“We know him well – we know he likes it here.” team owner Gerard Lopez said. “It is up to us to prove that he can get the package that he wants as a driver, and I think he will stay. If we had huge time constraints on him, I don’t think he would enjoy it. He hasn’t enjoyed other teams before.
“He knows he has been treated well here, as we would treat every other driver. I think that is a big difference, if he is here or somewhere else. This team has a culture that is quite human. Somebody told me that for Kimi the human being, this is the best team. And for the racer, he has to decide.”
Raikkonen came incredibly close to the win in Germany last week and this strong performance will serve to Lotus’ benefit as they try to prove he’s better off in Enstone.