Raikkonen, a man who has always done his talking on the track, swigged from his bottle of champagne on the podium as others sprayed theirs at him.
Asked on the podium by retired McLaren team mate David Coulthard what it was like to win again, the 33-year-old Finn replied in the deadpan fashion his myriad fans have come to love: "Not much really.
"Last time you guys were giving me grief because I didn't smile enough but I'm happy for the team. It's been a hard season and not easy times lately," he added. "Hopefully this will give everyone belief and turn the tables so we can win more races, if not this year then next year."
Raikkonen, who had signed a contract extension before arriving in Abu Dhabi, had seized second place at the start and inherited the lead after Hamilton slowed and pulled over after 20 of the 55 laps.
When the team advised him of his lead, the Finn was typically blunt: "Leave me alone, I know what to do," he told his engineer.
"Yes, yes, yes, I do it all the time," he added later on when they reminded him to warm the tyres.
The win was the first since 1987 by a car racing under the Lotus name, although the new Lotus is effectively the old championship-winning Renault outfit that Alonso took his two titles with.
In Image: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, winner, center, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, second place and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, third place pose on the podium