Lotus to 'push like hell' as they chase title

Lotus F1 Team, LAT Photographic

14 September 2012 by Ryan Wood

Lotus is ready to "push like hell" to give Kimi Raikkonen a shot at the drivers' title as he closes on the leading duo of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

The Finnish driver stands just one point behind McLaren's Hamilton and a further 37 behind current leader Alonso, which has given Lotus team principal Eric Boullier reason to believe they can challenge for the title.

"Of course he can [challenge for the title]," Boullier said of Raikkonen. "He's currently third, one point away from Lewis Hamilton. Anything can happen."

Though he isn't underestimating the challenge that lies ahead.

"We're not naive though, and we know that his chances are slim. However, we'll push like hell as long as there is a mathematical chance of winning it."

Raikkonen on the other hand is taking it race-by-race.

"Third in the championship is good, but second is just one point away," said the 32-year-old champion.

"We've lost some points to Fernando [Alonso] which is not so good, but we still managed a decent result in Italy and it’s good to be up to third in the Championship.

"It's impossible to say how this season will turn out, but we're very close to second. We'll see what happens in the next few races."