Raikkonen denies disharmony and rift with Lotus 22 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. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsRenault investigate alternator problem which struck Vettel and GrosjeanRenault apologises to Grosjean for alternator failureRaikkonen: You’re never happy until you winLotus: It’s a good result for the teamLotus: Both drivers have done an excellent jobLotus: Times don’t represent where we expect to be after qualifyingSchumacher, Raikkonen or Grosjean eighth winner of the year?Allison: To win races we are going to have to improve our qualifying performancesRaikkonen: I love winning and I’ve never won in Valencia, so it’s a good targetLopez denies Genii financial troubles 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.