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2012-11-02 08:23

TAKING THINGS EASY: Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen said he prefers one year contracts as it makes his life less-complicated

ABU DHABI, UAE - Finn Kimi Raikkonen prefers one-year Formula 1 contracts because "it makes my life less hassle".

The 2007 World champion's Lotus team announced through a video posted on YouTube on October 29, 2012 that he would stay with Lotus for 2013 after a successful 2012 comeback season after some time in World Rallying.

'MAKES LIFE EASIER'

F1 regulations will change significantly for 2014 so continuity is likely to be important for teams and Raikkonen was asked ehead of the 2012 Abu Dhabi F1 GP why he had not signed a longer deal. He answered: "I'm happy to do year-by-year and see what happens; it makes life easier for me and I don't see a reason why I should make long-term contracts.

"I try to do well enough so I don't have to worry when it becomes time to sign. Plus, for me, it's easier like that. If you want to decide to go somewhere and do something else it's less hassle."

Raikkonen has had six podium finishes so far in the 2012 season and is third overall in the championship points, though 67 points behind Red Bull's leader and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, with three races remaining.

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