Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Suzuka, 2013

Raikkonen warns he may miss last two races as Lotus “haven’t paid a single Euro”

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Suzuka, 2013Kimi Raikkonen has warned Lotus the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last drive for them if they do not pay him his outstanding wages.

Raikkonen told reporters in Abu Dhabi “I haven’t been paid a single Euro this year” by the team.

“It’s an unfortunate thing because I understand the team’s side of it,” said Raikkonen.

“But sometimes when you been put in a position and told different stories and people thinks that you don’t work for the team or you don’t care what happens to them it’s not exactly true if I’m doing it without being really being paid.”

Raikkonen said he had considered not racing because of the situation. He has already agreed to drive for Ferrari next and said earlier in the season the shortfall in payments from Lotus was part of the reason why.

He indicated he had addressed the matter with the team again in Abu Dhabi, saying: “Hopefully we have a bit better understanding on certain issues what has been going through the whole year.”

“I mean unfortunately we end up in that kind of situation and is not really anything to do with me. In the end we try to enjoy this team but on the other side it’s a business and if you don’t respect on that side you can end up in this kind of situation.”

Raikkonen added the radio row between him and trackside operations director Alan Permane was not a significant factor in his warning to the team or his refusal to show up for media engagements yesterday:

“In the end it has happened and it doesn’t change anything any more. But I mean that’s not the reason why I wasn’t here yesterday, it’s part of it but I wouldn’t say that this is a big part of it.”

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165 comments on “Raikkonen warns he may miss last two races as Lotus “haven’t paid a single Euro””

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  1. Anele (@anele-mbethe)
    2nd November 2013, 6:39

    this was meant to be a reply to another comment. deleting didn’t work

  2. This is a chance for Lotus to put the Hulk in their car for the last two races and see how good he is. I think he could score some good points and could help him secure the drive. Or they could put the Hulk for the US GP and Pastor for the Brazil GP and see whats what.

    1. I might be a bit of serious minded here, but the problem would be to get the car setup for Nico or Pastor, i don’t think three practice sessions is enough. Sauber and Williams might have a saying in this also :)

  3. I think that all of you readers know how much work the job these guys do includes. Imagine training you a** off and flying all over the world for 8 months in a row (with your own expense in this particular scenario).
    Winning with a broken back in Singapore, putting the car in positions that it didn’t deserve in many occasions, etc. I bet that every single human being in this world would do the same thing that Kimi is doing/thinking of doing at this point. It’s not that Kimi needs the money, when you make a contract with somebody, both sides should stick to it.

    1. By winning I mean’t 3rd place obviously :)

  4. Hey @keithcollantine, could you explain what is a “winding up order“? As in:

    It emerged over a weekend of febrile speculation in Abu Dhabi that Raikkonen had last week threatened Lotus with a winding-up order. Now, though, sources say that a deal has been agreed and the problem is sorted out.


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