Heading into the summer break must be like holding Kimi hostage in solitary confinement in a monastery at the top of mountain in the remote regions of Nepal. Estranged from Vodka, beer, gorilla suits, loud music and cars, it must be driving Kimi absolutely bananas (pardon the pun) to have to sit and wait before he can go back out there and chase down the title.
Formula One’s favorite Party boy and flying Finn seems determined to piss in some corn flakes and ruin the title run party for several of his rivals. In the final race before the break he tiptoed around team mate Grosgean and slipped into second place on the podium. That little wheel to wheel dance earned Raikkonen enough points to pull to within ONE point of race winner Lewis Hamilton. He now sits 5th in the standings only 48 points back of the lead. 48 points may seem like a lot, but the way the season has gone, a few lucky breaks could easily make up the gap.
This makes the title chase a whole lot more interesting and puts Lotus in a very competitive position with Kimi at the wheel. The WDC is anyone’s to grab and Kimi just invited himself to the party.
Lotus has been quick all season and has just missed out on podiums at times and even possible race wins. They seem to be in the thick of things at the latter stages of every grand prix.
Surely Alonso has taken notice, as has Hamilton, I’m certain. Christian Horner has recently said after the Hungarian GP that he considers Kimi a contender and is aware of Lotus performance.
It’s time to place a call to the bookmakers and see where they see Kimi stacking up in terms of his odds of challenging for the title.
More rumors surfacing about Kimi’s home next season have him linked to Ferrari again and possibly McLaren if Lewis decides to try his luck elsewhere. Rumors folks, just rumors not worth an ounce of salt. Eric Boullier has been quite firm on the matter, saying Kimi is staying put at Lotus. I suppose we’ll all find out soon enough.
Author: Ernie Black