Realistically, the Belgian Grand Prix marked the end of Kimi Raikkonen's 2013 world championship hopes.
The gap of 63 points to Sebastian Vettel is not impossible to close, but given the relative pace of the Lotus E21 the Finn simply does not have the tools at his disposal to repeat his feat of 2007, when he closed a gap equivalent to 60 points in 'new money' to Lewis Hamilton to win the title. But there is hope...
Lotus will try out a long-wheelbase version of its Lotus E21 at Monza, as revealed by AUTOSPORT last week. Achieved by angling the front suspension forward and expected to extend the wheelbase by approximately 100mm, at least one version of this new specification Lotus, which has been in the works for some time, will be unleashed.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.