Raikkonen stays at Lotus for 2013

Lotus F1 confirmed today that Kimi Raikkonen will stay on for a second season in 2013.

The team made the announcement via Twitter and a simple YouTube video.

The Finn’s deal always had an option related to next season but until now neither side was able to confirm that it would be taken up.

After his strong comeback season he attracted interest from elsewhere – notably Ferrari – but in recent weeks any doors at frontrunning teams were closed. He had in any case made it clear all along that he was happy where he was.

Speaking to this blog recently about other offers he said: “There’s always a lot of talk, there was talk about McLaren, now there’s talks about Ferrari, always talks about everything. I’m happy here with what we’re doing now.”

Regarding staying at Lotus he said:  “It’s not been confirmed, like we’ve seen in F1 it doesn’t count much when you’ve got a contract!”

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