Raikkonen will not sit out races over money dispute with Lotus
20 September, 2013
Kimi Raikkonen has played down the prospect of sitting out races, after revealing he only chose to leave Lotus because he was not being paid.
Undoubtedly, the fact the Enstone based team has not paid the Finn is a breach of contract, but the 2007 world champion said on Thursday that he would still prefer to turn up and race than sit at home.
As for the prospect of sitting out races closer to the end of the season ahead of his switch to Ferrari for 2014, Raikkonen told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3: “Of course, anything is possible.
“But until now I am going to all of the races. I do not have any interest in not driving — that’s why I race, because I like it.
“I also don’t want anything bad for the team — if I didn’t come here to drive, it would do nothing to improve things,” he said.
“I hope and believe that the salary payments will be handled at some point.”
A hot contender to replace Raikkonen at Lotus next year is Nico Hulkenberg, who has also had his share of salary problems at Sauber in 2013.
The German, however, said the prospect of not being paid by Lotus if he moves to Enstone next year is not worrying him.
“I can’t speak for Kimi,” Hulkenberg is quoted by Totalrace. “I don’t know what his contract is, but his salary is probably very high.” (GMM)