Lotus confident of Raikkonen stay

Date published: August 22 2012

Lotus’ technical boss James Allison sees no reason why Kimi Raikkonen will not remain with the team next year…

Lotus’ technical boss James Allison sees no reason why Kimi Raikkonen will not remain with the team next year.

The Finn is back in Formula One after a two-year absence and has enjoyed a successful return with Lotus, notching up five podium finishes.

While Raikkonen has been linked with a return to Ferrari should the Italian team part ways with Felipe Massa, Allison is confident that he will stay where he is in 2013.

“I think he likes it with us, I think we’re giving him competitive equipment and it’s a very straightforward working environment for any driver who comes and works in our team,” Allison told the team’s official website.

Allison believes that Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean form a very strong partnership and it’s one that he hopes will flourish in the second half of the season and into next year.

“I think one of the reasons I am so excited about the second half of the season is both our drivers have their tails up, both of them are absolutely on song and we have bedded in with them and them with us and we are now making the most I hope of what is a very strong driver line-up,” said the Briton.

“It will be important for us to carry that into next year, we won’t have to do any of the engineering bedding in to do that we have to do when we have a new driver, if we can have that continuity.

“For the second half of this year it is going to be great. We are all working very nicely together, and if we can carry that through to the following year, which no doubt we will, that will be an advantage for us.”