Lotus team Principal Eric Boullier says that team needs balance between Raikkonen’s demands and the requests from our sponsors. Kimi dislike of public relations and media dedication is well-known, remarkably throughout when he works with McLaren, the business demands be more important than his time in the car.
Following his first podium in this season for Bahrain GP with second place and the last weekend final podium for Spanish GP, this performance lifted him to the top five in the drivers’ championship, now he standing fourth on the table behind the Lewis Hamilton. But still ice man not happy with the final results, he targeting top podium for this season.
ESPNSTAR reports – Boullier said “We try to keep politics outside and try to give our drivers what they need. We know Kimi doesn’t like PR, doesn’t like media. So why should we bother him with it?
“Sure we need a balance between his demands and the requests from our sponsors. but he knows we care very much about his schedule and try to minimize his obligations. That’s it. He is a racer so he races for winning and hardly cares about the rest. Kimi is like a wild animal and you have to let him run the way he wants to go.
“We don’t have to tell him what he has to do because he is a professional and we want him to deliver on track first. That is his purpose. After that there are some obligations. Unfortunately for him his personality makes him very attractive to fans, so he is famous.
“He and we have to come to terms with the fact he has many fans, so to a certain degree he is playing the game. We restrict his obligations to the minimum and I see that he is fine with it.”
“Historically this team has always pushed for one driver – a definite leader. Boullier to Speaking on formula1.com
“But that has definitely changed. It’s a thing of the past. I want two fast drivers because that is the way you get ahead in the constructors’ championship. So both drivers have the same status. Obviously Kimi, with his experience, character and personality, tends to have a certain degree of leadership.
“In fact, it is not leadership, but probably more attention. On the other hand Romain is digging a little place for himself nicely and is getting a lot of respect every weekend from the team.
“You must not forget Kimi has done something in the range of 160 grands prix and Romain has just finished his 12th.”
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