Raikkonen on Allison: “We don’t know if it’s going to change anything…”

Kimi Raikkonen has downplayed the impact of the departure of Lotus technical director James Allison.

Raikkonen is known to rate Allison highly but in public at least today he was keen to avoid any negative talk.

“Not really,” he said when asked if he was worried. “We don’t know if it’s going to change anything, or what it’s going to change. Obviously there are people who will replace him already. We’ll see if it has any effect on what the future brings. I don’t really have any idea.”

Meanwhile Kimi refused to be drawn on what his plans for 2014 might be.

“My decision will be purely on what I think is the best overall for me, and we’ll see what happens in the future. I have no idea what will happen and right now I don’t put much thought into it because we only have done four races. There’s a long season to go and there’s a long time until next year. So now we put effort for this race and this season.”

Asked if he had a time frame he said: “I have to know before next year… You keep asking me the same question, I have nothing to tell, I don’t know. I purely put my effort for this race and this year, and when things happen, people will know. There’s nothing to tell and I don’t really put much thought about it. Everyone always talks about it, but I’m not in a hurry.”

He also refused to be drawn on whether the change to Pirelli’s hard tyre might affect Lotus.

“We’ll see on Sunday, I cannot predict anything. There’s no point to try to guess what will happen. We’ll get some idea tomorrow and we’ll see if it’s good or not good.”

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