Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen in the mix for Championship honors after Abu Dhabi victory
Sunday was Christmas for Lotus and their Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen. The Finland international held Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel at bay to win in an enthralling Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Kimi Raikkonen’s exceptional driving took Lotus to their long overdue victory in the 2012 Formula One season. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are hot-favorites for the Championship title, but mathematically Kimi Raikkonen still has a chance of doing the unimaginable.
Kimi Raikkonen is third in the Championship race with 198 points to his name, which means he is 47 points behind Fernando Alonso and 57 points behind Sebastian Vettel. With just two races remaining in the season, all Kimi Raikkonen needs is a miracle and a couple of good results.
The remaining two races of the Formula One season will take place in United States and Brazil. In his press conference after the race, Kimi Raikkonen admits he understood it will be a miracle to win the Championship, but he is gunning for the best possible results.
Kimi Raikkonen told reporters that Lotus has faced a lot of difficulties this season, nonetheless he was happy to see the team prevail. Kimi Raikkonen also praised the whole team for working tirelessly in order to achieve good results this season.
“Like I said before, I’m very happy for the team. We have had hard times lately and hopefully it gives some belief for the people, even more that… I mean they’ve been working very hard the whole year but with the hard times there’s a bit unknown in the whole situation and hopefully for the people who runs the team, who owns the team, the people who works for… for everybody, hopefully it gives a bit more support and hope that things will turn around and be even better than it’s been this year,” Kimi Raikkonen said.
“So, great thing for the team itself, for the guys and, I mean of course I’m happy myself, but if I win it’s great, if I don’t I will try again and it’s not the end of the life. We’ve been close few times but now I said that even the last race I think we had the speed to even win the race but if you don’t start in the front we see what can happen. We knew the start would be a really big key and I got a really good start so I think with the McLaren we didn’t have the speed, at least in the beginning of the race - but then we have to finish the race to win so… I mean after that we were pretty good. Just the safety cars made us a little bit more tricky today.”