Lotus struggling to pay Raikkonen and staff this month?

L-R: Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus F1 Team Principal with Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday 20 April 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”.

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  • Kimi4WDC

    Just a PR stunt to justify Maldonado joining the team for the next season. I think it’s perfect!