Lotus struggling to pay Raikkonen and staff this month? 21 November, 2012 Nov.21 (GMM) Reports and rumours of financial difficulties at Lotus continue, after it was claimed earlier this week that Kimi Raikkonen’s place at the Enstone based team might actually be in doubt for 2013. Auto Motor und Sport said that there is an issue in terms of promised bonus money in the Finn’s 2012 contract, given his unexpectedly large points tally. “I don’t know where this stuff comes from,” the 2007 world champion’s spokesman Riku Kuvajan was quoted by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. “I can’t say anything about it.” Now, on Wednesday, the German magazine said that other staff at the Enstone based team are waiting for their pay-cheques. AM&S said that team management is holding out for the latest installment of commercial income from the sport’s owners, headed by chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. The report said that Lotus is waiting for that money to “pay the wages of 493 employees and Kimi Raikkonen”. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus give hint of intent to keep GrosjeanGrosjean admits Formula 1 future uncertainLotus: We struggled to get a good balance on the carLotus: It’s clear that we lack paceLotus: There is still potential to be unlockedLotus announces two race deal with InterwettenGrosjean: Hockenheim will tell how much we have progressedMaldonado: Latest Renault engine much strongerMaldonado expects big power boost for GermanyLotus: Special to be first on new Pirelli 18 inch tyres Kimi4WDC Just a PR stunt to justify Maldonado joining the team for the next season. I think it’s perfect!