Formula 1: kimi raikkonen stays with lotus

Kimi raikkonen will continue to race for lotus in the next formula 1 season. The finn, who returned to the royal class in 2012 after a two-year break, has made a successful comeback. Although he has yet to score a victory this season, he sits third in the drivers’ standings. Lotus has built its drivers a car that is "nice" to the tires. The wear of the tires is low compared to other teams – only the sauber car is as good in this respect. This consistency in the tires allows stable lap times. The drivers and the team also proved to be consistent: in only one race, at the chinese grand prix, raikkonen finished in 14th place. After finishing in second place, he did not score any points. He finn has not been involved in a single race accident all season, and has not even had to retire due to a technical defect. No other driver can boast such a record.

Who will be his teammate has not yet been decided. At the moment, there are many indications that romain grosjean will remain in the team. The frenchman, who is driving his first full formula 1 season in 2012, has been involved in numerous collisions at the start of the race. One of the most violent he caused himself in spa, as a penalty he was suspended for one race. Nevertheless, he is considered one of the upcoming top drivers. In ten qualifying sessions grosjean was faster than his teammate, who is also one of the good ones in the field in this discipline.

The drivers are now set for the top teams. At red bull, mark webber and sebastian vettel will be competing against each other again next season. Ferrari has decided to give felipe massa another chance alongside fernando alonso. Massa, currently in 9th place in the drivers’ standings just behind grosjean, was able to convince his employer with good results in the last few races after a poor first half of the season. This means nothing else than that the gap to alonso has become a little smaller. Massa’s contract was extended by only one year. Rumors, where after 2014 his cockpit should go to sebastian vettel, were recently vehemently denied by all sides. Sergio perez, who comes from the sauber team, and jenson button will be driving for mclaren.

Mercedes has replaced michael schumacher in the cockpit with lewis hamilton for 2013, while nico rosberg has made a long-term commitment to the team. The mercedes team has lost a lot of momentum in the second half of the season. After nico rosberg’s first victory at the chinese grand prix in shanghai, further successes failed to materialize. Last sunday’s race, where a number of updates had given the team good chances, ended in a debacle. Michael schumacher retired with two laps to go, rosberg was relegated to 11th place just before the end of the race. Place shortly before the end of the race and thus also failed to score any points. In the meantime, the private team sauber is only just behind mercedes in the constructors’ world championship. This ranking means not only prestige for a team, but also hard cash. Formula 1 boss bernie ecclestone awards subsidies, for example for transport, according to a formula. The team that wins the constructors’ world championship gets the most money. One place more or less can mean several million dollars difference.

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