Lopez on Kimi thriving at Lotus: “I want drivers, not robots”



Lotus owner Gerard Lopez believes Kimi Raikkonen managed to deliver so much for the team last year because it gave him the atmosphere he needed to thrive.

Lopez is convinced that Raikkonen dug deep to get the best out of himself, even though from the outside it was not always obvious.

“Everyone who had muttered that he wasn’t motivated now comes around to tell me they knew Kimi was still super strong,” said Lopez in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It amuses me. I knew it would have ended up this way. Raikkonen has added hard work to his talent, and the results are the fruits of this cocktail.”

When asked if Raikkonen was doing so well simply because of the freedom Lotus had given him, Lopez said: “It’s not just the freedom. Raikkonen in Lotus feels utilised for what’s most important, while he is free for everything else. He has found balance.

“Keep him under control? Not even in my dreams. I talk to him every week and he feels good, he is enthusiastic and charged up. I want drivers, not robots.”


4 responses

  1. Leonardo

    Kimi looks happy in that picture!

    And I am so happy we will all get to see him again this year! Now THAT is something to look forward to!!!

    Thanks for all the posts. I thought I was gonna get Kimi withdrawal symptoms 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    • Hehehehe, I was missing Kimi stuff myself, just been busy and preoccupied with personal life! If only this site was my real full-time job 😦


      January 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      • Leonardo

        Thank you once again for this site, Saima. And thanks for putting so much effort into it, too. You are a truly dedicated Kimi fan! I always go here to see the latest Kimi news.

        Bring on the 2013 season!!!!!! Good luck Kimi!!!!!


        January 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    • TiiuT

      To understand, to honor, to respect each other – that´s the base for success!
      Also it´s the reason to want to do everything as good as possible and feel good & happy!
      This cheerful moment in that picture is talking a lot of the climate in Lotus.
      Kimi´s smiling face looks like a “big yellow sun”, so fascinating:)))
      Very best wishes to everybody in Lotus – we´re waiting for the season 2013, the victorious season 2013, I´m sure!!!!


      January 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

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