Quantum Motorsports, the investment group that is purchasing a stake in the Lotus Formula One team, insists that they have no regrets about Kimi Raikkonen's departure from the Enstone outfit.
Raikkonen is believed to have been interested in staying with Lotus, but after the Quantum deal was delayed when banking restrictions caused the transfer of money between the parties to be deferred, the Finn chose to move to Ferrari instead.
Quantum Chief Exectutive Mansoor Ijaz admitted that he would have preferred to keep Raikkonen at Lotus, but added that he is happy with his investment even though the 2007 world champion left the team for one of their rivals.
"I have enormous respect for Kimi as a driver," Ijaz told Autosport.
"I actually love his mercurial personality.
"But it is not a matter of having regret.
"We live in a world where many things happen beyond our control and this was one of [those] situations. It wasn't possible for us.
"We did everything we could. We moved this way, they blocked; we moved that way, they blocked; we moved that way, and finally we got it through.
"But by that time people had other things that they needed to do.
"Everyone has their own time cycle over which they make decisions. We can't change that.
"The answer is that I never will say I regret that he left because we have a beautiful and bright horizon with Nico Hulkenberg in front of us.
"But, at the same time I can't in any shape or form take away what he meant to this team and what he means to the sport of F1.
"He drives with passion and a zest that I have seen in very few other drivers in my lifetime.
"He takes risks that not many drivers take. Would we have loved to have had him for another year or two? Yes.
"But we wish him well at Ferrari and we look forward to standing next to him, one step higher, on the podium next year in every race we possibly can."
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