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Kimi Raikkonen dismisses motivation questions

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen: 'If I didn't feel I had the motivation, I would stop' © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen brushed aside suggestions he will struggle for motivation on his return to Formula One after a two-year lay-off.

"There's always talk about my motivation, written by people who don't know me and couldn't have an idea on how strong my motivation is," Raikkonen told the media at the unveiling of the Lotus car for 2012.

"If I didn't feel I had the motivation, I would stop. My feeling is that I probably drove some of my best races in my last season in Formula One and I was very happy with my performance. I've never had any issues with motivation."

Asked if he would be under extra pressure because people wanted immediate success from him as a former champion, he said: ""I think people expect things from me, but as long as I know that I'm giving 100% and I'm happy with my driving then I'm happy. If those aspects are true and it's not enough, then it's not enough."

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