Raikkonen denies disharmony and rift with Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen: European Grand Prix, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Thursday 21 June 2012.Jun.22 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has hit back at reports that he is out of favour at Lotus, as teammate Romain Grosjean appears to be getting the upper hand after a strong showing in Montreal.

The 2007 world champion’s return to Formula 1 this year initially went smoothly, but he has struggled more recently while newcomer teammate Grosjean almost won the recent Canadian Grand Prix.

Not only that, there are reports his Enstone based employer is losing patience with the 32-year-old Finn’s attitude, especially regarding his demands for a better steering system and a rumoured rift over a rallying ban.

“I don’t know where you heard that,” Raikkonen told reporters at Valencia. “Go and ask the team and you will get the truth.”

Asked if he is still happy at Lotus, he retorted: “Why wouldn’t I be?”

Raikkonen did admit, however, that there has been some disappointment that the promise of the E20 car has not translated into a race win yet.

“We’ve been so close to certain results, so certain races have been a bit disappointing, and you are disappointed when you don’t win,” he said.

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  • george

    Kimi is a champion and a professional! lotus need to get their act together and sort this steering issue (and race strategies) out! people say Kimi is uncommunicative, and this just shows how communicative he is with the engineers and wanting the car to be perfect!

  • Andy – London

    I don’t think that Lotus were under any false impressions about who they were taking on when they hired Kimi. He’s not exactly known to hang around in the garage – he just wants a car to drive very fast.
    This may well go back to Bahrain where I felt he kept a little quiet on his displeasure of being behind Grosjean for 9 laps before being let through, far too late on. A win definitely lost there.