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Raikkonen as motivated as ever before

Thursday 17th October 2013

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Raikkonen as motivated as ever before

Raikkonen as motivated as ever before

Kimi Raikkonen has vowed to give his all in his final four grands prix with Lotus, insisting he has lost none of his motivation.

Having confirmed his switch to Ferrari for 2014 in the wake of the Italian Grand Prix, Raikkonen has found himself under pressure from his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean.

With the opportunity to lead Lotus on the horizon, the Frenchman has upped his pace both in qualifying and grands prix.

But while he has edged Raikkonen 3-0 on Saturday afternoons, the Finn has fought back on Sundays, beating his team-mate twice in three races.

Asked about the situation, the 2007 World Champ insisted he is as motivated as ever before.

"I think that never changes, it has been the same since the start of the year," he told ESPNF1.

"The fact I'm changing teams for next year doesn't change a thing for me, I still want to win races this year.

"I'm not interested in just driving around without pushing, I want to do always my best, so what happens next year doesn't interest me for now."

The 33-year-old added that if he was unmotivated he wouldn't even come to the races as he only does his job because he loves it.

"I always said that if I didn't like it I wouldn't come to the next race. I'm happy to walk away when I feel like it and I have no reason to do something that I am not enjoying.

"For sure there are a lot of things I am not a big fan of but at least so far the racing makes up for it. I'm happy with the way things are going and hopefully in the future it will be even better."

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