Raikkonen has a slim chance against Vettel and Alonso in Championship race despite victory in Abu Dhabi
Sunday was a special day for Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus. The Lotus driver and the Formula One team finally accomplished what they had been threatening to all season – win a Grand Prix. The Yas Marina Circuit at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the place of their success.
The victory turns out to be Kimi Raikkonen’s 19th victory in Formula One, his first since winning the Belgian Grand Prix in 2009. Meanwhile, Lotus celebrated their 48th victory on the track.
The 33-year-old Finn exuberantly responded in the Q&A session after the race. Kimi Raikkonen said that he was extremely happy for himself and the Enstone team and hoped the victories would come more frequently in the future.
“I’m very happy for the team - and myself - but mainly for the all the crew here and everyone at Enstone,” Kimi Raikkonen said. “It’s been a hard season and I feel this win is well deserved for everyone and just what we need. It’s also something great for all the fans who have continued to support me and the team.
“We’ve not had the easiest time in the last few races. Hopefully this gives everyone more belief, not just for everyone working at the track and at the factory, but for everyone behind the scenes running the team. I hope this can turn around the tables and give us many more good races and wins; if not this year, then next year.”
Mathematically, Kimi Raikkonen still has a chance of winning the Championship. The Formula One veteran is placed third in the Drivers Standings below first-placed Sebastian Vettel and second-placed Fernando Alonso.
Sebastian Vettel leads the pack with 255 points. Fernando Alonso is only points behind him. Kimi Raikkonen has 198 points under his belt, therefore he will have to win the remaining two races of the season to grab the Championship title.
Kimi Raikkonen understands that he can consider himself out of the Championship race. Still, the Finn is concentrating on putting in his best efforts in United States and Brazil.
“I never cared really what people think - if I don’t finish the next race, then they’ll think that I’m as bad as that race,” Kimi Raikkonen said. “I’ll just do my thing, and if I’m happy with what I’m doing and it’s the best it can be for the team, then that’s that. So I really don’t care if people are thinking differently of me now, than what they did three hours before the race.”