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Raikkonen's managers now take a back seat

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Mar.15 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen's managers have revealed they only now take a back seat in the career of the 2007 world champion.

Britons David and Steve Robertson have guided the famous Finn throughout his motor racing career.

But Steve told Finland's Turun Sanomat that they only intervene now when the 32-year-old driver requests it -- such as when he needed to negotiate last winter with Williams and his ultimate 2012 employer, Lotus.

"We came to the end of the road really in late 2009," he said.

That is when Ferrari bought out the rest of Raikkonen's contract, and he headed to world rally.

"We can't honestly say that we are real rally fans -- it's alien to us, while we know F1 through and through.

"When Kimi wanted to go back to F1, he turned to us for help with the agreement. After a few months Kimi got what he wanted."

Robertson, however, explained that the father-son duo are no longer involved in the "day to day" running of Raikkonen's career.

"I have known Kimi for 11, 12 years, and he has become really close to us. When he asks for help, he knows that we are always ready to give it," he continued.

"I was delighted when he wanted to come back where he really belongs (in F1)," said Robertson. "There is so much nonsense about Kimi's problems with motivation.

"The truth is that he wanted to come back for one reason only -- because he is super-motivated to race in F1 again.

"By taking Kimi, it shows the (Lotus) team's desire to succeed. I think Kimi and Romain Grosjean are a good combination.

"By changing the drivers the team has showed that it was not satisfied with the level of last year and that they want to come back to being among the big teams," he concluded.

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