Lopez believes Raikkonen’s return to Ferrari is all about the money

25 September, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen with Lotus owner Gerard Lopez

Kimi Raikkonen with Lotus owner Gerard Lopez

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez believes that Kimi Raikkonen’s decision to return to Ferrari was all about money, which took him by surprise.

“I thought Kimi did not return to Formula 1 for the money, but it is clear that the opposite is actually true,” Lopez told Auto Hebdo.

“From now on, it’s no longer our problem. In the end, we are not able to compete with teams that are willing to do anything to get a contract with a driver.”

Indeed, Kimi Raikkonen revealed in Singapore that he is only leaving the team because he has not yet been paid.

“He had it all,” said Lopez. “A competitive car, the support of the team, unparalleled comfort.

“Like last year, not everything was paid on time, but he did receive all of his money in the end [in 2012]. We do not have a budget like some of the other teams, so we have to have prioritise.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    If you have a contract in place saying money to be paid on particular dates then you are obliged to pay on time, I know they had underestimated the points tally last year and that was a brick in the road but they then agreed to this years contract, again they decide to not pay the man till the end of the year this is not the way to keep a driver the fact that he has not walked shows that cash is not his first and only reason to be in F1 but if he sees 2 years on the trot they cant budget for him well that is why he has decided to go to Ferrari

  • F1Afreak

    it WAS all about the money! if they cant pay kimi, if they cant get the sponsors on board WITH kimi, after all the talk, and top people bailing, PLUS kimi not being paid, it is clear that lotus cannot compete at the sharp end in 2014+ Kimi is here to win, he doesnt want to drive for a team with NO CASH FLOW. its simple, even lopez admits it with ‘In the end, we are not able to compete with teams that are willing to do anything to get a contract with a driver’ AND ‘We do not have a budget like some of the other teams’

    kimi is not here for the paycheck (although important) here is here to win, and for that you need a winning car, and for that you need money – its clear that lotus could not keep up the development race THIS year, what about next year when the, according to lopez, 80% of the debt owed to himsel (and his partners at geni) say enough is enough already?

    kimi made the smart move – period – now busshhhwah and lopez are crying – wah wah!

  • LotusFan

    Needless comments by Lopez. If you agree to a contract you have to pay accordingly, cant say we will eventually pay. Kimi has been more patient than most other drivers will be. Why should a top notch driver put up with always not being sure when he will be paid?

  • Dan

    Kimi should skip rest of the season and get a decent lawyer.

  • gmtF2

    Give it a break Mr Lopez. Honor your commitments, on time and in full and stop making excuses. KR is a professional driver for hire, so yes, money is likely big part of his motivation. But like it is with a lot of professionals, the money may be second to job satisfaction. No surprises there. KR was forthright and clear in his ‘non-payment’ comments, but professional. He did not bad-mouth Lotus in any way. Think yourself lucky to have had such a talented professional for as long as you did.

  • fools

    no shit LOPEZ

  • Forza Ferrari

    One of the reason is the money, which Lotus doesn’t pay to him, but Kimi also wants to drive a competitive car in a great team and that’s the main reason why he chose to come back to Ferrari. This Lopez sounds like a real butthurt jerk by making such such comments. Kimi’s going, deal with it!

  • BigE

    And wanting to win, lol.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    Kimi’s amazing run of points scoring for Lotus have surely put them further up the championship table than they could ever have thoight. We all know that Grosjean is fast but we also know that he cannot be relied on to bring the car home every race.

    I wonder how much prize money Lotus would have lost without having Kimi’s points in the constructors championship? Probably more than what they owe him.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    Kimi’s amazing run of points scoring for Lotus have surely put them further up the championship table than they could ever have thought. We all know that Grosjean is fast but we also know that he cannot be relied on to bring the car home every race.

    I wonder how much prize money Lotus would have lost without having Kimi’s points in the constructors championship? Probably more than what they owe him.

  • Jules C

    Just wondering why is Lopez in F1 if it is not also for the money? Idiotic comments from him. Seems very bitter and isn’t thinking right.

    Kimi is a professional driver and if he wasn’t going to be paid a decent salary, he could have gone to Williams. Lopez is trying to paint Kimi like some unethical money minded person but the truth is, if you don’t pay your employees, they will not work for you.

    Lopez, your entire team will walk if you didn’t pay them, not just Kimi.

  • dan

    its NEVER about the money, until you DONT GET PAID.

  • Tomas

    Lopez, you sound bitter and unprofessional making these kinds of statements. How can you say that “it is clear that the opposite is actually true” when the guy has been travelling on his own expenses so far this season?? You should understand that this harms Lotus’ image more than Kimi’s straight answer to a direct question. I assume that you are also paying him full interrest for the millions you are holding on to until the end of the seasons?

  • the fan

    lopez is right, its all about the money and lotus doesnt have that. simply put, F1 is a dangerous sport and the least you can do is pay someone for risking his life on weekends. kimi is not a charitable institution

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