Despite his up-coming departure from the Lotus squad at the end of the season, he has vowed to give the remaining races his all and end his career with them on a high.
However, that could be difficult with Red Bull Racing’s current dominance. Raikkonen hasn’t won a race since the 2013 season opener in Australia and since signing for Ferrari prior to the Italian Grand Prix, he has come under increasing pressure from team-mate Romain Grosjean.
When asked about his motivation by ESPNF1, he said: “I think that never changes, it has been the same since the start of the year. The fact I’m changing teams for next year doesn’t change a thing for me, I still want to win races this year.
“I’m not interested in just driving around without pushing, I want to do always my best, so what happens next year doesn’t interest me for now.”
He added that if he wasn’t motivated, he wouldn’t be racing in Formula 1. He does his job because he loves to and has no reason to walk away at the moment.
“I always said that if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t come to the next race,” he said. “I’m happy to walk away when I feel like it and I have no reason to do something that I am not enjoying.
“For sure there are a lot of things I am not a big fan of but at least so far the racing makes up for it. I’m happy with the way things are going and hopefully in the future it will be even better.”
Raikkonen currently sits third in the drivers’ standings with 177 points, 120 behind run-away leader Sebastian Vettel. He is 90 points ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean despite the Frenchman’s recent improvement in form. Lotus are fighting for second in the constructor’s championship but need to make up 33 points on Ferrari and 23 points on Mercedes if they want to take the runner-up spot.
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