James Allison, the technical director of the Lotus F1 Team believes that their star driver Kimi Raikkonen still has a good enough chance of securing the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship for the 2012 season. Raikkonen made a stunning comeback to the sport after almost 4 years away with the new team from Enstone, and has chalked up five podium finishes from the 11 races of the season so far. So impressive has his second coming been to the sport that he is widely being tipped as a potential candidate for the title fight in the 9 remaining races of the season.
Currently, Raikkonen occupies the fifth position in the standing for the Drivers’ Championship, having scored 116 points from the first 11 races of the season and is just a point behind Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in 4th place. The Drivers’ Championship leader Fernando Alonso, however, has a massive 48 point lead over the Finnish driver but Allison remains confident that Raikkonen will be able to challenge for the title in what is left of the season.
Raikkonen has been a former champion in Formula 1, having secured the Drivers’ Championship back in 2007 when he was with Ferrari and according to Allison; there is no reason why his driver cannot compete for the title. He pointed out that these days, there is an awful lot of points coming in for scoring a victory and considering the amount of points one scores with a single win, Alonso’s lead at the top is minuscule at best.
He went on to add that the team is ready to do whatever The Flying Finn needs in order to step up his hunt for the title and the team is already planning for the long term with plans for providing a more competitive car to the Finn.