F1 » Raikkonen issues Lotus quit threat

Kimi Raikkonen says he may not finish the season with Lotus unless his current pay dispute is resolved

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November 01, 2013 6:29 PM

Paid or not, I'd pull him now and get someone else in the car. Not saying that the guy should not get paid but this public "threatening not to race" is not cool.
If you are going to quit, then quit and feel free to tell everyone why. If there is a contractual reason that you must stay then shut-up and stay. If you have a "get-out" clause, then leave.
It seems quite obvious that Kimi is unhappy at Lotus and I am not convinced he is the best person to have in the 2nd car to get points. What are Kobayashi or Buemi doing these days?


November 01, 2013 6:29 PM

He was once paid more than any other driver when he was not even driving! That was when Ferrari had to pay him for buying out his last contract with them. Perhaps its time he (Raikkonen) gave something back to a 'sport' that has been so good to him.


November 01, 2013 6:36 PM

Joat, That's b0llocks! Lotus and Kimi signed a contract which no doubt included terms and payment conditions. If Lotus couldn't keep up their end they shouldn't have offered the contract.


November 01, 2013 6:53 PM

A contract is a legally binding agreement. Even if Raikkonen doesn't race for the last few races he could probably still take Lotus to court to get the pay that he should have received up until that point.

I'd love to see Lotus not only have to pay Kimi's salary but a load of court expenses along with it.


November 01, 2013 6:59 PM

good on kimi for saying that at the end of the day if he aint getting paid why try to bring points home for the team, plus when kimi did sign the contract for lotus does that not mean they will HAVE to pay no matter what especially if its "contracted" what a joke lotus are for doing this. i wonder where or what happened to the money?


November 01, 2013 7:10 PM

I believe that if it was possible for Kimi to not race (show-up) for these last races without falling foul of breaking his contractual obligations he would have done so, I believe that Lotus knows all that and so they are abusing the situation.

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