It seems the financial issues linger at Lotus F1 regarding Kimi Raikkonen and his salary. According to an AUTOSPORT article, if the situation isn’t cleared up soon, the Fin could skip the remaining races altogether. Kimi said:
“For sure. I enjoy racing, I enjoy driving – but a big part of it is business.
“Sometimes when that is not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation.
“You have to put the line somewhere, and if it goes over that… it is not really my fault any more.”
According to the report, Raikkonen says that skipping future races might be an option and even leveled at Lotus F1 explaining that he hasn’t been paid all year:
“Sometimes it is not very nice when you hear that you are not really a team player, and you don’t have the interests of the team [at heart] – but you have been paid zero Euro the whole year,” said Raikkonen.
“It doesn’t put you in the best place, but that is how it goes and hopefully, like I said, we found an understanding on both sides on how we should deal with the situation right now and fix the issues, and try to finish as well as we can.”
If this is indeed the case, it makes one wonder why Raikkonen is driving at all if he is supposed to have been paid and wasn’t. It will be interesting to see what Lotus F1’s response is but suffice to say the relationship is certainly strained.
Lotus F1 have been scrambling to do a deal with Quantum Motorsports and team owner, Gerard Lopez, is confident of getting it signed. The team seems keen to secure the driving talents of Nico Hulkenberg but should the deal not go through, it is understood that they may sign Pastor Maldonado in order to have access to the rumored $20M in PDVSA oil sponsorship that comes with him.
That may answer to going-forward question but where does the money come from to pay Raikkonen what he’s owed?
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