Bizarre reaction from Lotus to Raikkonen news, as they now decide on replacement 12 September, 2013 Who will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus? Lotus can take time to announce a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen because they are now the F1 team with the most sought after driver vacancy, team principal Eric Boullier said on Wednesday after conceding the Finn’s departure in bizarre fashion. Lotus had hoped to retain Raikkonen and greeted Ferrari‘s announcement with a Twitter posting declaring “So #Kimi is off to #Ferrari for 2014; it hurts a little bit…” along with a photograph of two rabbits mating. Champions Red Bull and their main rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have now finalised their 2014 lineups, with the latter team announcing Raikkonen had signed a two-year deal to replace Brazilian Felipe Massa. Lotus are the fourth most competitive outfit this season. What were Lotus thinking when they released they posted this on their Facebook page after Kimi’s announcement? “We are currently in discussion with a few people and will make a decision shortly,” Boullier told the team website. “We are in the privileged position of being the most desirable team on the grid with a seat available, so we are therefore in no rush to announce anyone without establishing what will be the best for our team and the future.” Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg, the Sauber driver who had been tipped to join Ferrari when it seemed Raikkonen could be headed for Red Bull, looks an early front-runner but Massa could be another option. Boullier said there was no bitterness about the Finn’s decision to join Ferrari, the team with which he won the 2007 championship, alongside double world champion Fernando Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning the 2013 Australian GP with Lotus “Two years ago, when we decided to sign him, quite a few people thought we were crazy,” said the Frenchman of a racer who had spent 2010 and 2011 competing in the world rally championship and NASCAR. “And what happened in the end? We’ve been working with an amazing racer, who scored points for the team 27 times in a row, won two races, put motivation at a very high level at Enstone, and got on very well with his team mate. “Now, it’s time to think about the future. We remain a medium-sized team and there are some areas in which we’re not in a position to fight against the other top teams just yet.” (Reuters) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMaldonado expects half second boost with MercedesF3 champion Ocon to test for LotusAbiteboul says Lotus not a big loss for RenaultGrosjean says Mercedes deal good for LotusLotus to race with Mercedes power from 2015Lotus preview Russian Grand PrixMaldonado gets ten place engine grid dropLopez and Briatore play down Alonso reportsSilly Season: Briatore working to take Alonso to LotusLotus: We couldn’t convert the potential into reality Tamburello_1994 Can’t make heads or tails (no pun intended) out of this but that’s truly bad form from Lotus. Not professional in the least. Kimi is / was free to make his decision to go anywhere after his contract ran out. In the back of their minds (Lotus) they had to know this day was coming. I guess Kimi is better off not being around a team that is so juvenile in it’s behavior. Bizarre is putting it mildly. vX-2 Paul Di Resta is the best replacement, not Hulkenberg hillside the pic tweet was very classy! no wonder Kimi ditch them =El Presidente= what a nonsense.. anyone who follows the Lotus team, knows that they are the only outfit with humor on the grid. It is very sad that everybody tries to make something funny, into something bad. =Lotus rocks,and so does Kimi= the fan lotus lost its brain together with Kimi Richard Piers Humour has always been a Lotus trait, and we’re the better for it. They have a right to be a little upset, they have been used. The huge payments made to modern drivers should also be a reason for loyalty and integrity. Let’s see what next season brings. May not be such a wonderful move, it’s usually a disappointment returning to ancient pastures. jurgen it’s not bizarre, it’s called humour! Kubrick Massa and Grosjean wrecking 2 Lotuses in each race. Rock and roll! :)) Though I have to give credit to Grosjean, one can see how he slowly grows up to be a champion one day. Classic! I’m fairly sure we all know what Lotus meant….. THEY GOT F**KED! I love this, fantastic to see some humour on the paddock chandra that’s the fact, just like have a little tiger we must ready if sometime that tiger will bite us after grow up. Ride me sideways Kamui kobayashi put that lotus seat Melvyn Scott chandra 12 September, 2013 at 2:15 pm that’s the fact, just like have a little tiger we must ready if sometime that tiger will bite us after grow up. Is that you Eric Cantona !!!!!!!!! Urko Haha, good one!!! Though I kinda feel sorry for left rabbit, ugh…. I mean Lotus..;))))) yoyoyo jurgen, that’s right. It’s just a funny way to say “we got screwed in the ass” quite original to be honest.