Lotus F1 boss Eric Boullier has insisted that Kimi Raikkonen
will receive all his outstanding salary in due course, despite the Finn revealing on Thursday that he hadn't been receiving his contractual fee on time in 2013.
"The reasons why [I haven't been paid] you will have to ask from the team, but the reason why I left the team is purely from the money side - the thing is, I haven't got my salary," he told reporters in Singapore this week.
“It's an unfortunate thing but I want to try to help the team as much as I can," he added. "I like to race, that's the only reason why I'm here and it doesn't matter what team it is," he said.
Boullier insisted that while the team did owe Raikkonen outstanding wages, the money would be paid before the end of the year.
"The truth is yes we owe him money so that is true, he is going to be paid, that is true too," the team principal responded on Friday. "So if you want a little bit more story, last year was the same... we owed him some money but only at the very end was he fully paid."
Boullier added that "it is just the way we manage our cashflow" and nothing to get concerned about regarding Lotus' overall financial viability.
"Unfortunately, we are not as rich as some of the teams on the grid," he said, adding that while Lotus had been capable of fighting for wins and podium positions alongside the likes of Red Bull
and Ferrari, "maybe we are not as sustainable as we should be."
Boullier insisted that while he wasn't happy for Raikkonen to publicly reveal the situation over unpaid back pay, he didn't think it would harm the team's standing as it seeks a replacement driver for the Finn who is departing for Ferrari
at the end of the season.
"I don't think it is damaging the brand of the team to be honest," he said. "It's obviously a bad message, but I don't know why he decided to publicly speak about his finance situation.