Kimi Raikkonen’s plans for 2014 are the hottest topic in Formula 1 at the moment and while Red Bull flirt with the Finn, Lotus are ‘doing everything they can’ to keep him in the black and gold cockpit for at least another year..
Speaking ahead of the weekend in Hungary team principal Eric Boullier said, “We know there’s been a lot of talk about Kimi’s future. We all know that Kimi is an individual and he will make his decision in his own time. Naturally, we want him to continue in the sport and continue with Lotus F1 Team so we’re doing everything we can do to make that happen.”
Raikkonen’s decision is central to this year’s silly season, if he decides to stay at Lotus this means that Red Bull will look at either Daniel Ricciardo or Jean Eric Vergne – from Toro Rosso, their junior team – to promote to the world champion outfit.
Should Raikkonen accept the Red Bull offer then another highly desirable seat becomes available, but in this instance with Lotus and Boullier is very aware of this.
“It’s clear that Lotus F1 Team is a desirable place to be,” said the Lotus team principal, in the wakwe of reports that Pastor Maldonado might be in line to replace Raikkonen.
Raikkonen gave Lotus their only race win of the season (so far) when he won the season opener in Melbourne, and he currently lies third in the drivers’ championship standings with five podiums to his credit in the nine races contested to date.
The team are fourth in the constructors’ championship table. Monaco, Canada and Britain were not lucrative for the team in terms of points, but they bounced back in Germany with both drivers on the podium.
Meanwhile Romain Grosjean whose ‘shares’ with the team have fluctuated over the past two seasons, due to numerous incidents, appears to be doing his claim for a race seat in 2014 no harm with improved performances of late.
“Romain did a fantastic job in Germany which showed he is capable of mixing it with the very best in the sport,” declared Boullier. (GP247)