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Raikkonen not thinking past 2013

Thursday 31st January 2013

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Raikkonen not thinking past 2013

Raikkonen not thinking past 2013

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed speculation that he plans to use his time at the Enstone team as a means to get a deal with one of the more renowned outfits.

"I'm not really thinking beyond this season at the moment, but I'm sure there will be talk before the end of the year," he commented when asked if he would be happy to attract the interest of another team.

Speaking at the unveiling of the E21 earlier this week, the Finn confirmed that he was looking forward to spending another year at the team and hoped that the continuity within the Lotus set-up would play a role in him as well as team moving up the order.

"It's not a massive thing which will suddenly mean you start winning all the races, but it's nice to be at the same team as you understand how they work, and they understand how you work. We quickly developed a pretty good way of working together last year and there's no reason to think that won't continue this season," he said.

"It helps," he said of being part of an unchanged line-up for the new season.

"I enjoyed my comeback to F1 last year and there's no reason to say I shouldn't enjoy the 2013 season too," the 2007 World Champion added.

"I know there will be big changes to the cars and regulations for 2014, so who's to say that won't be exciting?"

While his win at Yas Marina was Lotus' only of the season, between himself and team-mate Romain Grosjean claimed 10 podiums and the Finn has no problems racing alongside the erratic Frenchman again.

"We had a pretty good relationship last year and it's clear he's fast and motivated," the former Ferrari, McLaren and Sauber driver said of the clumsy Grosjean.

On track, we were pretty close to each other at times, but we didn't have any issues. It's good when you have a team-mate who's fast and works hard. I think we should be fine in 2013."

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