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’m very happy for the team, and for myself also,” said Raikkonen. “You never know what’s going to happen during the race; the safety cars made it quite tricky, but I’ve 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’s great for the team. We’ve had some difficult races in the second half of the season so it’s 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 ‘relief’ and ‘deserved’. It’s obviously a very well deserved result for the team. I’m pleased for Kimi and he did a very good job. We’ve been pushing very hard all season and we’ve nearly had it before.
“There’s a little frustration not to have had a win sooner, and we have been waiting for it, but it’s a fantastic feeling to finally take that victory and a superb reward for the team. It’s great for Formula 1, it’s great for Kimi and it’s great for our team.”
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