Boullier denies Raikkonen is Lotus shareholder

(L to R): Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus F1 Team Principal, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL), Romain Grosjean (FRA) and James Allison (GBR) Lotus F1 Team Technical Director with the new Lotus F1 E20. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain,  Monday 6 February 2012.

Eric Boullier with Kimi Raikkonen

Feb.7 (GMM) Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has slammed rumours that Kimi Raikkonen is a shareholder in the Lotus team as part of his comeback deal with the team.

It was reported that the 2007 world champion’s retainer this year was subsidised by owner Genii granting the returning F1 driver a small slice of the Enstone based team.

“He has no shareholding. It is complete nonsense,” Boullier is quoted by Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

“Raikkonen has a two-year contract as driver,” he added. “Genii Capital holds 100 per cent of the team.”

Boullier also dismissed suggestions Raikkonen, whose teammate is the reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean, is Lotus’ obvious number one driver.

“There is no such thing in the contract,” he said.