Ecclestone hails Raikkonen 'star driver' of 2013

Wednesday 04th December 2013, 13:48 by TF1T Staff 

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Bernie Ecclestone has hailed Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen as his 'star driver' of the 2013 season after the Finn took victory in the opening race of the year and battled to fifth in the championship despite missing two races.

Ecclestone gave his view in a forword to the official season review. Whilst the 83-year-old questioned Fernando Alonso's performances, admitting he was "disappointed" by the Spaniard, the same can't be said for Raikkonen who he praised.

"This year I suppose I have to call Kimi the star driver, with the equipment he had," he said of the soon-to-be Ferrari driver.

"I think he was motivated on hope that he was going to get paid."

Raikkonen is a favourite amongst Formula 1 fans because of his no-nonsense attitude and Ecclestone believes he's a good character to have in the sport.

"He's a good guy to have in a team, good for us, good for the team. He's super, he's a racer."

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