Lotus denies that unpaid F1 staff are threatening to strike

9 August, 2013

Are Lotus F1 staff waiting for their salaries to be paid?

Lotus F1 staff waiting for their salaries to be paid?

Lotus has played down reports that the Enstone based Formula 1 team is struggling to survive financially amid crippling debts, with the latest crisis reportedly involving unpaid staff.

It was already known that the team’s highest-paid member, lead driver Kimi Raikkonen, is waiting on his latest pay instalment.

Reports in the German press also saidthat  other unpaid staff members at Enstone are threatening to lay down their tools, while spare parts are running low because suppliers are also waiting for invoices to be paid.

Lotus staff at work in the team factory at Enstone

Lotus staff at work at the factory at Enstone

35 per cent of the Genii-owned team was sold recently to a consortium called Infinity Racing, but it subsequently emerged that the deal is still not actually done.

“There may be some delays,” team boss Eric Boullier admitted this week, “but it will be repaired within a few days.

“The package that ensures the future of the company is [being] completed slowly, but we’ll get there,” he told Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

Meanwhile, the Spanish sports newspaper Marca said that Lotus has officially denied that team members have not been paid and are  threatening to strike. (GMM)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    Rubbish.

    Reports are already out there that Lotus is up to date with “all salaries”.

  • McLarenfan

    Thanks for clarification Tamburello!!

  • Lotus Staff Member

    Show me da money!

  • Tamburello_1994

    Just sayn.

  • Binoy

    Considering the current situation,this maybe true. Kimi did say about this, “This happened last year, now again so it is not ideal,”.

  • McLarenfan

    Last year Kimi racked up more points than Lotus had even dreamed of getting so yes Kimi’s points bonus bill shocked Lotus and they had to get extra funds they admitted that and I presume Kimi LAUGHED.

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