The difference however is that I have read many interviews in that Kimi thanked to the team and showed his gratefulness for their efforts.
On the other side, I was quite surprised when I heard these from Boullier :
“Without us, Kimi’s return to F1 would have been a different picture,” he said.
“Can you imagine how it would have been if he had signed for Williams and not us? We built everything around Kimi.
“I think as a Lotus driver he became even more interesting to the fans. He gained in popularity,” said the Frenchman.
“If he had retired after his rally phase, I think Kimi Raikkonen would be forgotten today,” added Boullier.
“We gave him the right tools to get his self-confidence back.”
I do not feel any appreciation for Kimi's hard works sadly
I wasn't going to post here because I found the cartoon funny and just felt that the Raikkonen fans were going a bit overboard with the whole thing and getting a bit too sensitive about nothing but, that's the worst article that I've read all year. I mean, just wtf is EB smoking?
First off, I have a lot of respect for EB for getting Enstone to where it's at after all the turmoil it went through with numerous controversies. But, he's just being ridiculous on the whole Raikkonen subject.
The sport is bigger than the teams, but the teams make the sport complete. Similarly, teams are bigger than drivers, but drivers make the teams complete. I think the guys at Enstone do a marvellous job, as does Boullier but I don't think either or needed the other more or any less. Raikkonen needed Lotus, who needed Raikkonen. If anything, if I'm pushed I think Lotus needed Raikkonen more. Why?
1) Raikkonen could have merrily retired with all the money back home, and I for one would have remembered him as a World Champion and a heck of a character.
2) EB had already cocked up by losing Kubica by allowing him to rally and losing his best driver in an accident, not connected to F1.
3) Heidfeld and Petrov/Senna had not worked for Enstone. It was apparent. Was there another top of the line driver who was a free agent? NONE. They were all locked up in water tight contracts.
4) I don't think Raikkonen wouldn't have had other options. Sure, the top seats were all locked up but a mere approach from his end would get him a Sauber/Force India/Williams seat in 2012 and from what I saw of the 2012 season, a driver of his calibre could have won a grand prix in any of those in 2012.
Like I said before, it was a good driver/team combination which has split, but conclusion says that Raikkonen will be up-scaling to Ferrari while Lotus will in all likelyhood have to do with a driver below Raikkonen's credentials.
Edited by Schuttelberg, 17 October 2013 - 19:31.