Kimi Raikkonen said his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a “fantastic” result after several difficult races.
Raikkonen’s victory was the first since he returned to F1 at the beginning of the year. It was the first for a Lotus since 1987, and the first for the Enstone team since 2008, when it was Renault.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóm very happy for the team, and for myself also,” said Raikkonen. “You never know what?óÔé¼Ôäós going to happen during the race; the safety cars made it quite tricky, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóve had similar races many, many times this year. Today we had a clear circuit to be able to use our speed.
“Perhaps we were not the fastest at the end, but we were quick enough and consistent enough to win so it?óÔé¼Ôäós great for the team. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve had some difficult races in the second half of the season so it?óÔé¼Ôäós fantastic to come back with a win.”
Team principal Eric Boullier said: “I have one word first of all: Great.”
“Then there are many words such as ?óÔé¼?£relief?óÔé¼Ôäó and ?óÔé¼?£deserved?óÔé¼Ôäó. It?óÔé¼Ôäós obviously a very well deserved result for the team. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm pleased for Kimi and he did a very good job. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve been pushing very hard all season and we?óÔé¼Ôäóve nearly had it before.
“There?óÔé¼Ôäós a little frustration not to have had a win sooner, and we have been waiting for it, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós a fantastic feeling to finally take that victory and a superb reward for the team. It?óÔé¼Ôäós great for Formula 1, it?óÔé¼Ôäós great for Kimi and it?óÔé¼Ôäós great for our team.”
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