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New simulator won't help much - Raikkonen
Thursday 27th December 2012, 18:02 by TF1T Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen doesn't believe the addition of a new simulator at Lotus's Enstone factory will provide any real benefit in terms of pace or developments.
The former Renault outfit has upgraded its facilities including its simulator in a bid to match rivals teams. The Finn though says he prefers to do his learning at the circuit rather than at the factory.
"I've never been a big fan of those and you never get as close to what real driving on the circuit is," he explained. "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."
The team finished fourth in the constructors' championship after fighting for the drivers' until the final few races of the year. Raikkonen believes they will only remain at such a competitive level if the whole team works together as it did in 2012.
"It's the whole game together; there are a lot of people involved and you cannot make it happen by yourself," he added. "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."