Lotus confirm Raikkonen for 2013
Kimi Raikkonen will stay with Lotus into next season after confirmation appeared via a caption in a video clip on the team's website.
The Finn has enjoyed a successful comeback to Formula 1 this season after a two-year absence and remains in mathematical, if not realistic, contention for the world title heading into the final three races.
Although Lotus announced a two-year deal with the 2007 World Champion when they confirmed his F1 return last winter, Raikkonen had remained coy over his future despite most expecting him to stay on at Enstone for 2013.
Confirmation of a renewal has now appeared to be confirmed in somewhat unusual fashion on Monday morning via a video clip entitled 'One team, one commitment; Lotus F1 Team and Kimi Raikkonen' which ends with the caption "Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus F1 Team in 2013. The story continues".
More conventional confirmation of the Finn's 2013 stay is expected to be released by the team later on Monday.