'Kimi is completely on board'

Sunday 10th November 2013

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'Kimi is completely on board'

'Kimi is completely on board'

Just a week after Kimi Raikkonen threatened to boycott the final two races of the season, Eric Boullier says all is well between the team and driver.

Speaking on the Friday of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Raikkonen threatened not to pitch up for the US and Brazilians GPs unless Lotus paid him his salary.

The drama, though, was averted when Quantum Motorsports, who are buying into Lotus, worked out a deal with the Finn and his manager.

As such Raikkonen will definitely be in action next weekend at the Circuit of the America where he will give his all for his team.

"He is completely on side," said Boullier.

"We all spoke in Abu Dhabi to make sure we know where we're going - and how we're getting there - for the final races of the year.

"Our focus is first on a good performance in Austin, and then the focus becomes getting a good result in Brazil."

And any points will go towards Lotus' goal of finishing third in the Constructors' Championship, although Boullier concedes that second could still be within his team's grasp.

"There are two races left and 86 points available, so mathematically it's still possible and we're not going to stop pushing in any regard," said the team boss.

"Of course, to score maximum points you need to occupy the top steps of the podium and there's a Red Bull plus Sebastian Vettel shaped problem there. Certainly for us, it would be good if Seb took an early winter holiday!

"Looking at the standings and how the teams have been scoring in the last few races, you would have to say that third certainly looks to be a little more within reach, but our approach is the same; to keep pushing all the way."

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