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Kimi Raikkonen - Part IV

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#951 Shiroo

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:23

Well Scrabs aint an idiot. He won't predict something from grounds. Scrab can describe and explain the car after seeing it, not before, especially even without any info like some journals like to


#952 Wander

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:36

What he is probably trying to say there is that he doesn't expect the Lotus to be ahead in things like tyre conservation compared to the other teams any more.

But yes, it is all speculation.

#953 DrF

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:58

I'm little worry for Kimi in 2013. In latest interview Boullier said they won't invest too much in 2013 car even if it's championship material. This could write off Kimi's title chances for one more year.

That's not going to be a problem when Kimi replaces Webber in 2014 :smoking:

2013 is an evolution of 2012, 2014 is starting from scratch, of course they'll be focussing resources on 2014, possibly even testing 2014 parts during 2013. All the teams will. It's just Boullier stating the obvious.

As long as Lotus doesn't go down any more Dead-Ends like the Double DRS (and Kimi at Brazil ;) ) and they don't have any of the testing drama which set them back, they should be fine in 2013. The exhaust development seems to be on track, hopefully they'll find a way to heat the tyres better for quali, without compromising their car's ability to prolong the life of the tyres. Maybe they'll even find a steering setup which suits Kimi.

I'm not sure they'll win the WDC, but they'll definitely be up there with the Mclarens, Ferraris and possibly ahead of the Mercs.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:22

YallaF1 Driver of the year

#955 UPRC

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:23

I'd be very surprised of Lotus come out with a car that was this competetive in the near future. Merc will be much closer, if not ahead, next year.

Everyone thought Mercedes had built a better car for 2012 as well, so... be careful what you say. :)

I think that the Lotus will be a decent car for 2013. This is the Enstone team after all! They've created some real duds, but they've won championships under two different names and have had countless competitive seasons. I don't think it is safe to ever discount them.

Edited by UPRC, 31 December 2012 - 11:35.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:45

YallaF1 Driver of the year

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:29

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