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Raikkonen comfortable with Lotus

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Kimi Raikkonen says that he is happy with how he has settled in at Lotus and insists his return to Formula One is not his second career.

Since joining the team in December 2011 Raikkonen has received a lot of media attention but has enjoyed encouraging on-track performances. He's topped the timesheets on two of the four days he's spent in the car during pre-season testing despite two years away from the sport, and Raikkonen insisted that his time racing in other categories still saw him gaining experience of working with different teams as well as his previous Formula One outfits.

"I don't think this is my second career," Raikkonen said. "I've been racing all the time, just in a different thing. I've been racing at a few different teams and all the teams run a slightly different way, mainly because they are all different nationalities, but you always learn from all the people and all of the teams and I have good memories, most of the time, of the teams."

Raikkonen added that the "easygoing" approach at Lotus had helped him enjoy the start of his time with the team.

"I try to get things in the team how I know I like it and I'm very happy with the team, they've been great people to work with - easygoing, no real need to change anything, and just if you like to do something differently, they're happy to try to do it that way and it's just been a good experience."