Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012: Kimi Raikkonen vows to build on win

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012: Kimi Raikkonen aims to build on his impressive victory following his first race win since 2009

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Kimi Raikkonen returned to F1 this season Photo: Lotus Renault GP

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Kimi Raikkonen vowed to build on his victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after the Finn secured Lotus’ first win since 1987 on Sunday.

Raikkonen topped the podium for the first time since the Belgian Grand Prix in 2009 after starting from fifth on the grid, finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in a thrilling race.

“I’m very happy for the team – and myself – but mainly for the all the crew here and everyone at Enstone,” he said.

“It’s been a hard season and I feel this win is well deserved for everyone and just what we need. It’s also something great for all the fans who have continued to support me and the team.

“We’ve not had the easiest time in the last few races. Hopefully this gives everyone more belief, not just for everyone working at the track and at the factory, but for everyone behind the scenes running 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.”

Raikkonen is currently third in the drivers’ standings and 57 points behind leader Vettel ahead of the US Grand Prix later this month.

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