Former F1 driver Mika Salo reckons his Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen could be in the running for this year's title.
Raikkonen returned to Formula One this season Lotus having spent the last two years competing in the World Rally Championship. However, his time away has by no means dulled the Finn's ability.
The 2007 World Champ was in the points at his very first race back while four races into his comeback the Finn was on the podium, having finished second in the Bahrain GP.
And with his team-mate Romain Grosjean right behind him, all signs indicate that Lotus are in for a strong season which has prompted Salo to suggest that Raikkonen has a real shot at the title.
"The most consistent team has been Lotus," crash.net reports Salo as having told SpeedTV.
"They've been fast at every circuit so far. In that sense, Kimi's situation looks very good.
"I would not exclude it at all that he will be fighting at the very end of the Championship, if Lotus is able to maintain the pace of development."