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'Kimi will keep pushing to the end'

Saturday 14-September-2013 12:03

Eric Boullier has no worries about Kimi Raikkonen switching focus until the end of this season, confident his driver will keep pushing for Lotus.

On Wednesday, the announcement finally came confirming that Raikkonen would be leaving Lotus at the end of this season and returning to Ferrari.

And although disappointed to lose his star driver, Boullier believes the Finn will continue to give Lotus his all until the final lap of the season-ending Brazilian GP.

"Obviously, it was no secret we wanted to keep him, so it's a disappointment that he won't be driving with us in 2014," said the team boss.

"Despite this, we know Kimi will be pushing hard for the remainder of this season to secure the very best results he can for himself and the team, and his fighting drive in Monza shows just how well he can push.

"In the same breath, Enstone has once again proven its pedigree; providing Kimi with two great cars and making his return to Formula 1 a success. It's been a win-win situation right from the beginning."

The Frenchman reiterated that Lotus already had plans in place should Raikkonen opt to leave and that he expects to "soon" sign a future star as the team has done in the past.

"Naturally, we have made preparations in case he decided not to continue driving with the team that brought him back to Formula 1, and I'm confident that we will have a very strong driver line-up next year.

"We've had Schumacher, Alonso, Raikkonen; new Champions will join the list here soon I'm sure."

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