How Raikkonen helped Lotus regain its mojo

How Raikkonen helped Lotus regain its mojo

There were many doubts about how the Kimi Raikkonen/Lotus relationship would work in the Finn's return to F1. The results, however, have erased those doubts. Jonathan Noble explains why, in Raikkonen, Lotus has the man it needs

There are some qualities that a top Formula 1 driver must have that cannot be measured on a stop watch. And no matter how quick you may be – how much potential as a racer you may appear to have – if you don't have these inner strengths then you can forget it.

We are talking about 'belief' here – that vital element a team must invest 100 per cent in its driver. It has to know that if it goes the extra mile, then the man in the cockpit will dig deep to find another tenth, which can be all the difference between hero and zero.

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