• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Raikkonen hopes win spurs Lotus on

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Kimi Raikkonen: "For sure, we are going to have a good party tonight" © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen hopes his victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will help galvanise his Lotus team to fight for more wins at the remaining two races of the season.

Raikkonen took his first victory of his comeback year at Abu Dhabi after coming close to wins in Bahrain and Hungary earlier in this season. He said he was happier for the team than for himself and delivered a typically understated victory speech.

"I guess last time you guys were giving me s*** because I didn't care enough [when I won], so [you're doing the same] this time again," he responded to a question about how it felt to win again.

"But I'm very happy for the team and myself, but mainly for the team. It's been a very hard season for the team and not so many easy times lately. Hopefully this will give a bit more belief and not just for the guys doing all the work but also for the guys that run the team. I hope this can turn around the tables and give us many more good races and wins - if not this year then next year as well."

He said he had hoped that his first win since 2009 could have come earlier this year.

"I was really hoping to win it before now but, as I said, I'm happy. We still have two races to go and I try to do the same again. For sure, we are going to have a good party tonight and after a long night we will remember why we feel like that."