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New simulator won't change things - Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus's new simulator will be of little use to him next season as he prefers to do the majority of his work at actual circuits.

The new simulator at Enstone was first used by Romain Grosjean ahead of this year's US Grand Prix after the team invested in it to bring its facilities closer to those at its rivals' factories. At the time Grosjean said he was hoping it would help "for testing the things that we don't have time to test on track", but Raikkonen is not keen on the new addition.

"I've never been a big fan of those and you never get as close to what real driving on the circuit is," Raikkonen said. "We can probably do a lot of things to learn the circuits and stuff like that, but I don't think this is really going to change things."

Raikkonen believes Lotus success going forward will be down to the whole team continuing to work together as it has this year.

"It's the whole game together; there are a lot of people involved and you cannot make it happen by yourself," he said. "It's just the team work and everybody trying to do the same thing and deliver the best that we can. I think it's been a good atmosphere in the team."