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Lotus: 'We Know Kimi Likes It Here'

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RaceDepartment, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. RaceDepartment

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  2. Andrew Scott

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    Why would Kimi give up #1 driver seat for a #2 drivers seat, I think he's better of with Lotus and will be surprised if he joins RedBull. But anything is possible in F1.
     
  3. It's very clear that if Kimi hasn't got a chance to fight for WDC, he leaves the sport all together, ie if he doesn't get the right team he'll go back to rally. He said so when he came back that it's one season of getting back in the game and then he looks what's the reality.

    Right now he has a car that is good enough to fight for wins and the championship so wouldn't be surprised for another season with Lotus. Nor if he chooses better chance of WDC over personal comfort due to 2014 rules.
     
  4. Andrew Ford

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    who is lopez?:-S
     
  5. Chairmen and majority owner of Lotus, co-founder of the Genni Group
     
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  6. Dux

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    i think you are wrong, i think Kimi clearly said i am not going back in racing rally since there is no true racing, only time attack and battle with the time nothing more. While in F1 you have battle with the time and with other cars during race, which is the ultimate test for any driver.

    Thats why, although i would never say he is bad, never Loeb will be better than Schumacher or any champion in F1. But thats other subject and maybe its down to our tastes and opinions, which i respect.

    However Kimi going in RB wont make him #2 but i think he might be at some points faster than Vettel but never underestimate Vettel since he is a triple world champion with a car that never made Webber vice-champion ....
     
  7. Dux

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    i think you are wrong, i think Kimi clearly said i am not going back in racing rally since there is no true racing, only time attack and battle with the time nothing more. While in F1 you have battle with the time and with other cars during race, which is the ultimate test for any driver.

    Thats why, although i would never say he is bad, never Loeb will be better than Schumacher or any champion in F1. But thats other subject and maybe its down to our tastes and opinions, which i respect.

    However Kimi going in RB wont make him #2 but i think he might be at some points faster than Vettel but never underestimate Vettel since he is a triple world champion with a car that never made Webber vice-champion ....
     
  8. mystaaRS

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    If you get a Quali Place, you can get a Race Pace

    Ironically, F1 isn't really 'true' racing anymore. With the new tires, DRS amnd KERS etc. it can be relatively easy sometimes to overtake.
     
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  9. Dux

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    I totally agree on that, once again, its same for everyone else, and being all there together one against each other, although the racing is changed, they are racing ... ​
     
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  10. Alonso also clearly liked it at Renault in 2006, yet he moved to McLaren in 2007.

    In F1, nothing's personal, it's just business. Kimi will know what to do if he wants to win more races.
     
  11. Dux

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    Alonso moved in Mclaren just because Mclaren said enough, is, Mclaren. Renault after all provided him 2 Titles, with which, he fulfilled his ambitions and had, maybe, no motivation afterwards. So thats why Mclaren was best choice for him at the time.

    Present time, with Kimi, its totally different. RBR doesn't have the history of Mclaren and was not a top team before 2010. Also, Kimi yet has unfulfilled mission in Lotus Renault, not that he must fulfill it, but he has enough motivation to keep it going, since, Lotus Renault, are constantly improving, so that might get some results for him, if not serious results this year but for sure next year. With the given time he spent there, there are slight chances of him moving in another team knowing he can have desired car in Lotus. But, time will tell.
     
  12. It's quite hard to believe that Räikkönen will stay with Lotus if they can't provide him with a car to win the drivers championship while RBR has a more realistic chance of doing so. Plus the guy is getting old (turning 34 this year), and have only won 1 championship.

    Personally I want to see Kimi in a Red Bull to see if Vettel really is a champion due to his car as many people want to believe or if he is actually fast.
     
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  13. Dux

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    If someone ask's me now, i would say, that these two, would suit each other ... i don't see Vettel have some problem with him, Kimi either :)
     
  14. When two people become teammates, things can change. If you remember Alonso and Hamilton were friends, but after some races they were big rivals. Not that it is impossible for teammates to be friends ;)
     
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  15. I reckon Raikonnen would be more than a match for Vettel, & could make it a very interesting season.
     
  16. Dux

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    Indeed! But i think that Hamilton and Alonso were never truly like friends. Yet i think this situation is totally different. And i am not saying that they cannot ruin all of that :) F1 is F1
     
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  17. Warren Dawes

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    The friendship might be severely tested when Horner issues a critical team order during a race. ;)
    Or the first time one of them ignores the team order.
     
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  18. They could easily include a clause in his contract which forbids team orders against him. This practice is not uncommon. I bet he (and probably also Alonso, Hamilton and Button) actually has one right now as well.
     
  19. Warren Dawes

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    True, it's possible, but each driver you quoted are the "nominal" No.1 drivers for their teams.
    Would Red Bull use such a clause for both Kimi and Seb ?

    I'd love to see that, but I think it highly unlikely.
     
  20. Button said that he had such a clause when Hamilton was his team mate, so it's hardly impossible.